When you should have a sexual health check

If you think you have an sexually transmitted infection (STI) or if you’ve had unprotected sex in the past six months you should get tested.

You can get a test at any of the following places: 

Don't wait and hope the symptoms disappear.

Even if the signs of an STI go away, the infection can remain in your body and cause long-term health problems.

When you should have a sexual health test

You should get tested if any of the following apply:

  • you have had unsafe sex
  • you have started a new relationship and haven't been using condoms
  • you have recently ended a relationship
  • you have genital symptoms such as pain, discharge, itching
  • you think you might have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)
  • you want information about contraception
  • you have frequent changes in sexual partners
  • you have sex with people outside of your relationship
  • you are concerned about any aspect of your sexual health.

Last updated: 12 May 2016

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