When should I get tested for an STI?

  • If you have never had a test but have previously had sex
  • Before having sex with a new partner
  • If you and your partner are thinking about not using condoms
  • If a sexual partner has cheated on you
  • If you have multiple sexual partners
  • If you have symptoms which may be related to an STI
  • If your condom splits during sex (vaginal, oral or anal)
  • If you shared sex toys with someone
  • If you want to start a family
  • If an ex-partner has contacted you to say they have an STI
  • If a sexual health service has contacted you to recommend you get tested
  • If you are a drug user and have shared needles with someone
Myth: You can tell if someone has an STI

Many STIs have no symptoms at all, or the symptoms develop later on. It is important that you and your partner get tested before having unprotected sex.

Had unprotected sex?

If you have had unprotected sex this puts you at risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection.

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