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STIs and HIV

STIs and HIV

If you are sexually active there is a risk of picking up a sexually transmitted infection (STI), regardless of your age or sexuality.

Sexually transmitted infections are passed from one person to another through unprotected sex or genital contact.

Embrace recommends that you are regularly get tested, as part of practicing good sexual health.

Some infections have no symptoms but can cause serious health problems if left untreated which makes it even more important that you regularly have a sexual health check up to test for STIs. We can test for STIs, even if you have no symptoms. 

A check-up will involve a discussion about your sexual history and any risks that you may have had and depending on your individual circumstances you may need:

  • to provide a urine sample
  • to take a swab yourself
  • a blood test

If you have been experiencing symptoms, you will usually need to be examined and further tests may be required.