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

  • Do I have to use my real name?

    When you go for sexually transmitted infection (STI or STD) testing, you may be asked for personal information, such as your name, B.C. Care Card, birth date, health history and contact information. This information is kept private. At some HIV testing clinics you can test under an alias—a made-up name—or using your initials, and provide a way you can be reached.

  • Is anonymous testing available?

    At some clinics, you can remain completely anonymous. The clinic will test you under a numbered code and you must provide that code to get your results. None of your personal and contact information is collected or stored.

  • Who will find out?

    Some STIs are reportable, which means the law requires a clinic and/or a physician to report any case of an STI to the relevant health authority. STIs that must be reported include:

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

    If you have a reportable STI, a health care provider will ask you about your sexual partners and a public nurse can work with you to plan how to talk to sexual partners. You can tell partners 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 B.C. Care Card to get tested.

  • Will my parents know?

    If you are under the age of 19, you can get confidential health care if a health care provider considers you are old enough to make your own health decisions. If you are age 19 or over, your parents will not know unless you decide to tell them.