Sexually transmissible infection (STI) tests help protect you and your partner/s. Many STIs do not have symptoms but can be easily cured.
Why do I need to get tested for an STI?
There are a range of different reasons for getting tested for a sexually transmissible infection (STI).
You can have an STI test any time if you just want to look after yourself and your partner/s, but you should have one at the following times:
- if you and a new partner are beginning a sexual relationship
- if you have had unprotected sex
- if you think you may have an STI
- if you just want a routine sexual health check
- if a condom broke
- if you are pregnant/hapū
- if you have symptoms or just feel something is not right.
If you don’t have any symptoms, you may be able to take the test samples yourself.
Can STIs be treated?
Most STIs are easily cured. Lots of STIs are treated with antibiotics and others need creams and other tablets.
Some STIs remain in a person’s system for a long time or forever, and their symptoms are managed, for example herpes.
HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS, cannot be cured but it can be controlled by medication.
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