Do I need an STI test?
In one word, YES! Getting tested will save you a lot of worry, and it could even save your life.
Most sexually transmitted infections can be cured with medication and those that can’t can be managed. But in order to manage or cure your STI you need to know that you have it. Earlier detection means it will be easier to treat and cause less long-term damage.
If you answer “Yes” to one or more of these questions then you should consider having an STI test:
Have you Never been tested before?
Have you ever had unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex?
Has something ever gone wrong during sex (eg. split condom)?
Do you have a new sexual partner?
Do you have more than one sexual partner?
Are you worried for any reason that you might have been exposed to an STI?
Are you thinking of starting a family?
Unfortunately, even if you have no symptoms it doesn't mean you're in the clear. Many people carry sexually transmitted infections without knowing it as many infections have no symptoms, or very mild ones which can easily be overlooked.
Sometimes it's obvious from symptoms that something is wrong. If you experience any of these symptoms or you think something isn’t right, get tested as soon as possible. Symptoms of STIs can include:
Pain when urinating or ejaculating
Discharge from penis, vagina or anus
Pain during sex
Blisters, sores or lumps on genitals or around anus
Itching or rash
Bleeding during or after sex
It is important that all partners are tested for STIs to ensure they are clear, before ceasing the use of condoms. Condoms (male & female) are the Only form of contraception that give protection against STIs, but bear in mind that even condoms are not 100% effective.