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Sexual health GP calls for STI testing focus ahead of Schoolies to help curb infection rates

Stigma Health 2 mins read
Festival season

SYDNEY, Australia, 8th November 2023 - In the lead up to Schoolies and festival season, Dr Mitchell Tanner, one of Australia’s prominent sexual health focused GPs has appealed to young Australians to book in an STI test.

“We know that testing is one of the most effective ways to curb sexually transmitted infections and as the weather warms up and Schoolies and festivals kick-off, we see an increase in positive cases in younger age groups.” Dr Mitchell Tanner co-founder of Stigma Health said.

The biggest barrier to testing has been access and cost however Stigma Health has changed the game by offering online referrals through an Australian-first app and a bulk-bill option. The app gives patients discreet access to testing as well as results, all without the awkwardness of seeing a doctor face-to-face.

“If you're under 29, download the app and go and get tested today. This could eradicate more than 100,000 cases of undiagnosed Chlamydia this week! ” Dr Tanner said.

The most recent report into sexually transmissible infections in Australia identified the hidden dangers of putting off testing, highlighting that more than 1 in 25 young people aged 15-29 in Australia had chlamydia during 2021 but less than a third of those received a diagnosis**

Stigma Health is on a mission to eradicate STIs in Australia and are passionate about increasing awareness of testing in younger age groups. To show their support, from now until 19th November, Stigma Health is offering 25% off their testing service by using the coupon code “schoolies23” at check-out.

Stigma Health offers comprehensive testing with a bulk-bill option for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. Access is available through or via the Stigma Health app. 



** HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia: Annual surveillance report

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About Stigma Health

Stigma Health is making sexual health sexy AF!

Established in 2015 by practitioner Dr Mitchell Tanner and rugby-playing accountant and entrepreneur James Sneddon, these two blokes are on a mission to make STI testing available to every Aussie who’s DTF. That means removing the need for that awkward face-to-face doctor visit that is just cringe (*dead*). Stigma Health is already Australia’s largest sexual health clinic group, delivering STI testing to over 30,000 lovers, through an online, discreet, convenient sexual health service. So, no more excuses honey - download the Stigma Health app or visit and get tested today!

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