STI Testing: What, When, Why and How?

Welcome to “STI Testing: What, When, and Why?” – your friendly and informative guide to everything you need to know about STI testing. In this article, diving into the world of sexually transmitted infections, focusing on the top STIs affecting South Africans.

STIs can be a bit overwhelming, so let’s not overcomplicate things. We’re going to walk through the different tests available, explain when and why you should consider getting tested, and discuss how often you should do it based on your lifestyle and risk factors. This isn’t just about medical jargon; it’s about taking care of your health and just being confident in your sexual wellbeing.


Is an STI? A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is an infection that spreads from one person to another through sexual activities such as vaginal, oral, or anal sex (NICD, 2022). STIs affect anyone who is sexually active and do not discriminate based on nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or economic status (NICD, 2022).

It’s estimated that across the world, more than a million people are diagnosed with one or more STIs like gonorrhoea, chlamydia or syphilis every day (NICD, 2022).

Is STI Testing? STI testing refers to the medical testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sometimes also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

These tests are crucial for diagnosing and treating infections that are transmitted through sexual contact.

The Most Recommended STI Tests

1. Chlamydia.

2. Gonorrhoea

3. HIV

4. Herpes (HSV-2)

5. Syphilis

6. Hepatitis B

7. Trichomoniasis

8. HPV (only women)

Protecting yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is essential for anyone who’s sexually active, and it’s easier than you might think.

With the right knowledge and tools, you can both prevent and manage STIs effectively. On our STI guide, we’ve got a lot of information and resources to guide you. With 20 years of experience in combating infectious diseases, we’re here to help you make informed choices. So why wait?

Click the button below and take the first step towards a safer and more fulfilling sexual health journey. Let’s work together to keep you and your partner healthy and happy!

The Top STIs In South Africa Explained

When To Get STI Testing

Routine Screening: Regular testing is recommended if you’re sexually active, especially with multiple partners.

After Unprotected Sex: Particularly important if you’ve had sex without a condom.

Experiencing Symptoms: If you have symptoms like sores, unusual discharge, itching, or burning.

Partner Notification: If a sexual partner is diagnosed with an STI.

Why Should You Get Tested for STIs?

1. Early Detection: Many STIs don’t show symptoms initially, so testing is the only way to know if someone is infected.

2. Treatment and Management: Early diagnosis can lead to more effective treatment and reduce the risk of long-term health issues.

3. Preventing Spread: Knowing one’s STI status helps prevent the transmission of these infections to sexual partners.

How To Get Tested for STIs?

It’s easy, simple and private.

1. Simply make a booking or just come through to our Walk-In Lab and ask for our STI package. Our trained nurse will guide you through the process and advise you on which package to choose based on your lifestyle.

2. Our receptionist will either help you claim the tests from your medical aid or book you in as a private patient.

3. Our nurse will gently take a small amount of blood, and you may be asked to give us a small sample of your urine.

4. We will then send your samples off for testing at our lab and will email your result the moment it comes in.

Book with Epicentre

For 20 years, Epicentre has been fighting South Africa’s infectious diseases, and now we’re taking on COVID-19! We are a company founded on a vision of ending disease in South Africa! So we believe in making an IMPACT.

By booking your tests with Epicentre, you are supporting a real, local company that has worked in all 9 provinces and you know you’re getting a gold-standard service that experts trust!

Epicentre Special Deals

We offer free and heavily discounted tests as they are subsidized by research organizations that are looking to use this anonymous information to investigate various research questions, like can people test themselves for COVID?

Drive-Thru COVID-19 PCR test

All branches – FREE!

(Not for travel)

Walk-In Lab Pensioners Discount

Pensioners get 10% all Lab Tests

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen/infection testing

R50 pensioners discount!

Epicentre offers

Wellness Packages

Please note that our packages are just a guide, you can pick any of the tests in these packages, add extra tests or take out any tests. Choose what suits your needs!

Women’s Wellness Package (Foundation)

Women’s Wellness Package (+40yrs)

Men’s Wellness Package (Foundation)

Men’s Wellness Package (+40yrs)


Walk-In Lab

Please note that our packages are just a guide, you can pick any of these tests in these packages, add extra tests or take out any tests. Choose what suits your needs!

Inflammation & Arthritis Package

Diabetes Monitoring Package

Diabetes Screening Package

Liver & Pancreas Package

Long COVID Package

HIV Monitoring Package

HIV Screening Package

Iron Deficiency & Anaemia Package

Menopause Package

Women’s Fertility Test Package

Men’s Fertility Test Package

STI Screening Package

Thyroid Screening Package

Drive-Thru COVID Tests

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen/infection testing

(R250 with a R50 pensioners discount!)

Drive-Thru COVID-19 PCR Testing


Home based COVID-19 PCR Testing

(R1150 + travel over 50kms)

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On Sale! (R150)

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(PCR Flight certificate in 12hrs)


Cape Town Only

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(PCR Flight certificate in 4-5hrs)


Cape Town Only

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