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STI testing week

If you're sexually active, you can get a sexually transmissible infection (STI) – even if you practise safe sex most of the time.

It’s estimated around 1 in every 6 people will get an STI in their lifetime.

There are many different STIs and not all of them have obvious symptoms. So, there is a chance that you or your partner could have an STI without knowing it.

The good news is, most STIs are curable and all are treatable. But if left untreated, STIs can have long-term effects on your body.

STI Testing Week is a timely reminder for anyone who is sexually active to take action and look after their sexual health.

Preventing STIs

Condoms reduce your risk of STIs

You can reduce your risk of most STIs by using barrier protection such as condoms. Condoms help protect you and your partner from STIs.

Condoms come in two types – male or female and are recommended every time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex.

However, condoms do not protect against all STIs – that’s why it is important to have regular STI tests.

Condoms are available from:

  • supermarkets
  • pharmacies (or chemists)
  • sexual health clinics
  • family planning clinics.

Talk. Test. Treat.

During this STI week, look after everyone's sexual health and get tested.

STI videos

Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and testing for STIs

STIs don't discriminate - anyone can get an STI without even knowing it. 

Get tested for syphilis - the history

Sexually transmitted infections (or STIs) have plagued human civilisation for thousands of years. It is thought that syphilis, may have emerged after the Ice Age, around 3000 BC. 

Get tested for syphilis - the story of Franz Schubert

Did you know that Franz Schubert, the famous composer is believed to have died of syphilis at 31?

Get tested for syphilis - the cure

Over the years, scientists came up with some unusual ways to treat syphilis.

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Reviewed on: 13-09-2021