Get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for free

GPs, health centres and sexual assault centres in Norway offer free testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

If you have had unprotected sex with a new partner, you should get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).  

There are several different diseases that can be transmitted through sexual contact.  

If there is a possibility that you have been infected with an STI, testing, treatment and medications are all free of charge.  

Where to get tested for STIs

You can get tested for STIs at all GP offices (fastlege), youth health centres (helsestasjon for ungdom), student health services (studenthelsetjenesten) and sexual assault centres (overgrepsmottak).  

Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis can infect the vagina, urethra in the penis, throat and rectum, so all of these areas should be tested. 

Several clinics specialise in testing and treating STIs and providing sexual health guidance and information:  

Oslo

You can get tested for all STIs at Olafiaklinikken.

Here, you can also pick up a test kit for chlamydia. 

“Sjekkpunkt” is an anonymous rapid test service for men who have sex with men (MSM). The service is run by volunteers, and offers rapid tests for HIV and syphilis, in addition to testing for gonorrhoea, chlamydia and mycoplasma genitalium. The service is anonymous and free of charge. 

Sex og samfunn offers a free drop-in service for anyone under the age of 25. 

Sex og samfunn also provides a separate service which includes testing for people who buy sex. 

Pro Sentret’s Health Clinic provides free health care services to people who sell or have previously sold sex. 

The Sexual Assault Centre provides free help care services to victims of abuse or rape.  

Bergen 

You can get tested for all STIs at Haukeland University Hospital’s outpatient clinic for sexually transmitted infections. 

The Sexual Assault Centre provides free help care services to victims of abuse or rape.  

Stavanger 

You can get tested for all STIs at Stavanger University Hospital’s outpatient clinic for sexually transmitted infections. 

The Sexual Assault Centre provides free help care services to victims of abuse or rape.  

Trondheim 

You can get tested for all STIs at St. Olavs Hospital’s (Trondheim University Hospital) outpatient clinic for skin and sexually transmitted diseases. 

The Sexual Assault Centre provides free help care services to victims of abuse or rape.  

Tromsø 

You can get tested for all STIs at Sosialmedisinsk senter in Tromsø. 

You can get tested for all STIs at the University Hospital of North Norway’s outpatient clinic for skin and sexually transmitted diseases, Tromsø. 

The Sexual Assault Centre provides free help care services to victims of abuse or rape.  

Haugesund 

The Sexual Assault Centre provides free help care services to victims of abuse or rape.  

Kristiansand 

Sørlandet Hospital Kristiansand offers a low-threshold service for STI testing.  

The Sexual Assault Centre provides free help care services to victims of abuse or rape. 

You can have an STI without knowing it 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be transmitted through vaginal, anal or oral sex without the use of a condom, and do not always cause symptoms that make you aware that you have an infection. 

This means that you can pass the infection on to others without knowing that you are infected, which is why it is important to get tested regularly.

Who should get tested? 

All adolescents and young adults should get tested every time they have had unprotected sex with a new partner. This also applies if a condom breaks or slips off during sex. 

The infection pressure for certain STIs is higher among certain groups, such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and people who buy or sell sex. People who belong to one of these groups and are sexually active are therefore recommended to get comprehensive tests for all STIs done annually, with more frequent testing if you have several partners.

Preventive treatment after possible HIV exposure

If you have had unprotected vaginal or anal sex with a person you think may have an untreated HIV infection, it is recommended to take medication that prevents infection (HIV-PEP). Treatment must be started within 72 hours of the possible exposure. Read more about PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) against HIV.

Ung.no

The public information channel for young people.

Sex og samfunn

Centre for youth sexuality. Sex og samfunn (Sex and Society) is a service for people under the age of 25 which provides guidance and prescriptions for contraception as well as the opportunity to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Olafiaklinikken

Center for counseling, examination and treatment of sexually transmitted infections - Oslo universitetssykehus (in Norwegian).

Vulva.no

Vulva.no is a website providing information about diseases in the vulva (female external genitalia).

Content provided by The Norwegian Directorate of Health

The Norwegian Directorate of Health. Get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for free. [Internet]. Oslo: The Norwegian Directorate of Health; updated Thursday, November 30, 2023 [retrieved Tuesday, April 16, 2024]. Available from: https://www.helsenorge.no/en/sykdom/kjonnssykdommer/sti-get-tested/

Last updated Thursday, November 30, 2023