Get answers to privacy concerns around sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing.

  • Do I have to use my real name?

    It is important to understand that health care providers are required to maintain patient confidentiality. When you go for sexually transmitted infection testing, you may be asked for personal information, such as your name, Personal Health Number (B.C. Care Card), birth date, health history and contact information. This information is kept private. At some sexual health clinics you can test under an alias (a made-up name) and provide a way you can be reached.

  • Who will find out?

    Some STIs are reportable which means results are reported to public health to support partner follow up if required. Reportable STIs include:

    • Chlamydia
    • Gonorrhea
    • Syphilis
    • HIV
    • AIDS
    • Hepatitis A, B and C
  • Will they tell my partner?

    If an individual tests positive for a reportable STI, the health care provider or public health nurse will ask about sexual partners who would benefit from testing and treatment. When required, partners can be informed in person or anonymously.

  • Will my doctor know?

    Your doctor will only be notified if you have provided their details.

  • Will my employer find out?

    Your employer will not find out, unless you decide to tell them.

  • Will it affect my health insurance or life insurance

    Getting tested does not affect your insurance and you do not always have to show a Personal Health Number (BC Care Card) to get tested.

  • Will my parents know?

    If you are under the age of 19, you can get confidential health care when a health care provider assesse that you have the ability to make your own health decisions. If you are age 19 or over, your parents will not know unless you decide to tell them.