First up, kudos to you for taking control of your health and going for an STI test. The fact that it’s positive is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about.
When to start your STI treatment
Starting treatment straight away is the most important next step to take – even if the symptoms are minimal and you’re not experiencing any pain. That’s because the sooner you start, the more effective the treatment is.
Your doctor will be able to tell you what STI treatment you’ll need. For common STIs like Chlamydia, it’s a simple course of antibiotics. Other STIs will have other treatments.
Remember to always finish your course of medication, even if your symptoms disappear
Alongside your STI treatment you’ll need to tell your partners
You may need to contact any partners you have had sex with recently, so they can get tested and treated too. This is called contact tracing and it’s something you can chat to your doctor about or our very own Nurse Nettie.