Don’t guess. Get a test.
The worst part is not knowing. If you’ve had sex without a condom, including oral sex, see your doctor or go to a sexual health clinic to get tested. Once you know, you can get the right treatment. Many STIs don’t show symptoms, so even if you think you’re fine, it’s worth knowing so you don’t pass along an infection to someone else or have worse health problems from STIs in the future.
Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), straight, or questioning, testing is important for women and men to stay healthy. Get the quality health care you need from a sexual health clinic in your community. Confidentiality is assured.
Testing is easy and free – see your doctor or sexual health clinic for more details.
It’s east to get an STI. But most of them can be treated and cured.
Think you’ve got an STI? There’s good news. Some of the most commonly reported STIs can be treated and cured. Antibiotics can cure potentially serious STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea. In some cases, treatment can help reduce symptom of infection, or future outbreaks (e.g. antivirals for herpes and HPV). And there are also medications that help people with HIV live longer and healthier lives. Get tested and get treated.
Your test came back positive? Your partner(s) needs to know.
Finding out you have an STI can stop you in your tracks. But you’ve got to act. After all, there’s no point in getting tested, and treated, just to get infected again. You have to tell your partner(s) from the past and present, or even future ones, depending on the infection. Ideally, they should be treated at the same time you are. That way they can prevent re-infecting you – and others.
How do I tell my partner?
If you have an STI, you can’t keep quiet. Tell your partner(s).
If you have concerns about telling your partner(s), contact a public health nurse. The public health nurse can suggest ways to handle the situation or they will contact your partner(s) for you. Of course, your name will be kept confidential.
If you decide to talk to your partner(s) yourself, learn how to talk comfortably about it.