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Sexual Health Week: How to know if you've got an STI
Friday, 18 September · 1 min read

You can have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) without showing any symptoms, so you won't always know if you have one unless you get tested.

If you do have symptoms, they’re most likely to affect your genitals.

These symptoms may vary depending on the type of STI, but ones to look out for include:

  • pain while peeing
  • lumps, blisters or sores around your genitals
  • itchiness or burning around your genitals
  • discharge from the vagina, bottom or penis
  • pain during sex
  • bleeding from the vagina outside of a period or after sex

These symptoms may appear within days or weeks of being infected, but it's possible not to notice any symptoms for months or even years.

If you think you may have an STI, go to a doctor or sexual health clinic to get tested.

It’s equally important to get tested if you have sex regularly or with different partners as some STIs can cause infertility if not treated quickly.

And while you wait for the results, don't have sex without using a condom.

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