Getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Who is at risk of getting STIs?
If you are sexually active and if you are unsure about your partner’s sexual history, you risk getting STIs. People at any age can get a sexually transmitted infection.
Reasons to have a sexual health check-up include if:
- you think you might have an STI;
- you have had sex without using a condom, including vaginal, oral and anal sex;
- a condom split or came off during sex;
- you are at the beginning of a new sexual relationship;
- you or your partner have more than one sexual partner;
- you shared injecting equipment.
How often you need a check-up depends on your lifestyle and sexual activity.
Where to find help and support
If you are worried that you might have put yourself at risk of an STI, it is important to know that:
- getting tested is free, straightforward and confidential.
- you can get tested at a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic, and at some GP surgeries.
Find out more about your nearest GUM clinic.