If you have sex regularly with different people we advise that you test at least every 3 months or when you have a change in sexual partner.
Public Health England advises gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) should have a check-up at least every 6 to 12 months for STI’s including HIV and every 3 months if they are having unprotected sex with a new or casual partner. This is important, as some STIs do not cause any symptoms.
You don’t need to have lots of sexual partners to get an infection. If you don’t use a condom you are more at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection.
Safer sex involves using condoms correctly every time you have sex.
Please see a list of possible STIs below.
Further information: https://www.sexwise.fpa.org.uk/stis/sti-types
Safer sex involves using condoms correctly every time you have sex. If you don’t use a condom you are more at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection.
To protect yourself from STI’s:
How will I know if I have an infection?
Not all STI’s have signs and/or symptoms. Sometimes these don’t appear for weeks or months and sometimes they go away, but you can still have an infection and pass it on to someone else.The only way to know if you have a STI is to test.
If you experience any of the following you should seek advice:
Tests for both men and women may include:
In women the tests might also include: