Be sexually smart: get yourself tested! 14th January is STIQ Day
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STI testing - our advice...


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Advice - testing and me

Thinking you might have an STI can be a scary experience but don't worry you're not alone.

Am I the only one to get an STI?
If one in ten young people have chlamydia then chances are someone you know has it right now - and you could be one of the nine who doesn't have it.

Getting regularly tested is the only way to know for sure that your safe.

How embarrasing, I don't want anyone to know about this!
If you are diagnosed with an STI many GUM clinics offer an annoymous texting service and can inform people you may have had unprotected sex with that they should get themselves tested too.

It's not mandatory so you don't have to reveal your sexual partners if you don't want to.

You can use a fake name to make your appointment at GUM clinics. Just remember what it is when you get your results.

I'd rather not know!
Fear of the unknown is the worst but STI's are very treatable or, in the worst case senario, at least managable. STI's are not a death sentance if they're caught early but left untreated they could easily ruin your life. Plus you could be unknowningly spreading them if you continue to have unprotected sex.

Spreading the word not the infection
Our advice is to get tested regularly and always use a condom. Even when you're told 'don't worry, I'm clean' or 'I've just been tested' or 'I don't normally do this...', remember that many STI's don't have symptoms and your partner may not know he or she is carrying an infection.

Talk contraception and tell your friends you're getting tested. Breaking the taboo of testing as something shameful - you should be proud that you're doing everything you can to protect yourself and your partners.

If you're in a committed relationship, get tested together as a show of committment before you ditch the rubbers.


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