STI'S AND TESTING

Stay Safe & Get Tested

If you have unprotected sex and do not use a condom or other protective contraception, you are at a much greater risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI’s). Infections can pass to from person to person through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, by genital contact and through sharing sex toys. Infections spread in this way are known as sexually transmitted infections.

Many STI’s have no symptoms. The only way to know for sure is to get tested and remember, you don’t need to have lots of sexual partners to get an infection.

Visit your GP or the sexual health clinic if:

  • you have symptoms of an STI

  • a sexual partner has symptoms of an STI

  • you're worried after having sex without a condom

Some STI’s such as chlamydia are more common, with 1 in 12 young people infected. Freetest.me is an online postal service that offers free chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HIV tests, depending on the region. Since chlamydia is so common, it is recommended that anyone under 25 that is sexually active get a chlamydia test once a year or whenever they change sexual partner.

If you have a chlamydia test and discover that you've tested positive (have an infection), there is no need to panic. Chlamydia can be easily treated with a simple course of antibiotics. Quick diagnoses and treatment will reduce any risk of long-term health problems.

So we’ll say it again to you; if you’re concerned you may have STI visit your GP or Leeds Sexual Health as soon as you can!

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