Testing together at the start of a new relationship could prevent yourself and your partner from discovering STIs further down the line. Visiting a clinic to ensure you have good sexual health is no different to visiting the doctor because you are ill or are worried about a health condition. By taking responsibility for your sexual health, you’ll protect each other from possible symptoms and open up a more honest conversation that you and your partner can both benefit from.
It only takes one person, one time and no condom to catch an STI – and nobody wants to pass infections onto new partners. There are also some risks with undiagnosed STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea spreading to the reproductive organs and causing long term conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), epididymo-orchitis (inflammation of the testicles) and infertility. For information and support, click here.
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