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Bay of Plenty Sexual Health Services

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Services we provide

Clinic 2, the Tauranga Sexual Health Service has moved to Te Pa Harakeke which is based at 1378 Cameron Road. Clinic 2 aims to provide sexual health care that is client-focused, culturally appropriate and of an excellent standard. To make an appointment for our Tauranga or Whakatāne clinics Ph 07 579 8157. To make an appointment for Te Puke for the Wednesday clinic: Ph 07 579 8157

Our clinics offer a free and confidential specialised service for sexual health care including:

  • diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and other related conditions (eg vaginal discharge, thrush)
  • Pre- (PrEP) and Post- (PEP) Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV
  • contraception, including long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) – copper IUD, Mirena, Jadelle
  • initial assessment and management plans for genital skin conditions, genital pain and sexual dysfunction
  • transgender health services – gender-affirming hormonal therapy (GAHT) for adults (over 16 years of age) gender-diverse individuals, in cooperation with a community organisation (Gender Dynamix)
  • We can also refer to Tautoko Mai Sexual Harm Support - Healing, Education, Prevention who provide specialist medical care for adults who have been sexually assaulted or abused.

Do I need sexual health care?

  • Have you had sex with someone new?
  • Have you got concerns?
  • Have you had sex without a condom?
  • Has someone you've had sex with told you they have an infection?
  • Did your condom fall off or break during sex?
  • Do you or your partner have sex with other people?
  • Do you share needles, syringes and spoons to inject drugs?

It's important you have a check up. Many sexually transmitted infections don't have symptoms, the best time to do a check up is two weeks after you've had sex with someone new. It's important you use a condom or not have sex until you have been checked out and have the all clear from your doctor or nurse.

Why attend a check-up?

The following symptoms may indicate a sexually transmitted infection and we would suggest you get a check-up or ring for further advice.

  • A discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Pain passing urine
  • Pain in the lower stomach, genitals or when having sexual intercourse
  • Lumps or swelling in the genital area
  • Genital sores or ulcers
  • Genital rashes
  • Anal symptoms relating to sexual intercourse e.g. discharge or irritation
  • Not all sexually transmitted infections have symptoms. We advise a routine check-up 2 weeks after unprotected sex or if you have had a change in partner.

If you have any of the symptoms listed above, you need to speak to a doctor or nurse today. It's important you use a condom or not have sex until you have been checked out and have the all clear from your doctor or nurse.

Can the Bay of Plenty Sexual Health Service see me?

The Bay of Plenty Sexual Health Service is a publicly funded specialist service. Anyone, regardless of their citizenship/residency status and visa, can be seen without charges for the diagnosis and treatment of STIs of public health concern (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, HIV) – including on suspicion only.

After the initial assessment and STI screening, we will advise if the issue lies beyond our scope of practice and funding.

Where can I get a Sexual Health test?

You can contact any of the places below:

Contact one of our clinics

Clinic session times:

Monday afternoons: 1pm to 3.30pm.

Wednesday afternoons: 12.30pm to 4.00pm.

Thursday afternoons: 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

Fridays: 9am to 3pm.

All clinic sessions are by appointment only.

People who have not booked an appointment can drop in, but this is subject to availability, and we cannot guaranteed that you will be seen.

Contact our sexual health team

Please call 0800 7233 5683 (0800 SAFELOVE) to speak with a clinic nurse or make an appointment.

Please note this is NOT a 24 hour number. In addition, we cannot guarantee that we can answer your call during a clinic session. If you call is not answered, please leave your name and contact number and a nurse will call you back as soon as we can.

Alternatively, to book an appointment, call Harakeke Tauranga Sexual Health Clinic on 07 579 8157 and ask for an appointment at the Whakatāne clinic.

To make an appointment for Clinic 2, Harakeke Tauranga:
Ph 07 579 8157

To make an appointment for Te Puke for the Wednesday clinic:
Ph 07 579 8157