Want to ask your partner to get an STI test? Or let someone know you’ve got an STI? Talking about STIs isn’t always easy – here’s some advice to make it easier.
There’s often a lot of shame around talking about STIs, but it’s great to see that this is changing as people realise that STI testing is just a normal part of a healthy and confident sex life.
Asking someone to take an STI test
Often in a monogamous relationship, people want to stop using condoms, but it’s important that you both get an STI test first. Not only does it make sure you’re keeping yourself healthy, but it will actually improve your sex life too.
How? Because who wants to be worrying about if their partner has an STI during sex? Getting tested lets you focus on the fun times instead.
Open and honest communications is one of the most important things in a relationship.
Telling someone you’ve got an STI
If you’ve been diagnosed with an STI it’s important that you tell any sexual partners that might be at risk. It might sound scary or embarrassing but it doesn’t have to be.
If you want to know more call 1800 451 624 between 9:00am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday to talk with a sexual health nurse. It’s confidential. Or why not ask Nurse Nettie? It’s confidential and she’ll be back in touch within 24 hours.
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