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If you are worried that you might have a STI, you may be able to get a free STI testing kit sent to your home.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are any kind of bacterial or viral infection that can be passed on through unprotected sexual contact. They can have a number of signs and symptoms however some STIs have no symptoms, and if left untreated can lead to infertility.
If you’ve had unprotected sex, after two weeks you should have an STI test (waiting two weeks will provide a more accurate result). You will also need to consider emergency contraception (you will need to seek help before 5 days after unprotected sex).
If you are worried that you might have a STI, you may be able to get a free STI kit sent to your home.
Each STI kit will be different as it will depend on what is available in your area. Some may only provide Chlamydia testing, whilst others may offer Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV and Syphilis tests. Make sure to check the provider website for the most up-to-date information on the type of test offered and age criteria.
What if there isn’t a free home test option for my area?
If you can’t order a test online for free, or you’d prefer to speak to a nurse or doctor, you can visit a Brook service, local sexual health service (GUM clinic), young people’s service or your GP. Find your nearest using our find a service tool. Another option is to use a paid-for test-at-home service, such as Fettle.
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Most STIs can be easily treated with antibiotics. If you test positive, you should contact your local clinic, they will encourage you to talk to your recent partners so they can be tested as well. The clinic will help you find the best way to talk to other people if you need to, and can notify even contact them for you through ‘partner notification’ and not even mention your name.
Most antibiotics are safe to use with hormonal contraception (like the pill, patch, injection or implant) but talk to the person prescribing the treatment to make sure.
Tell the nurse or doctor if you are pregnant or think you may be, or if you are breastfeeding. This will affect the type of antibiotic you are given.
Side effects of antibiotics are usually very mild but may include stomach ache, diarrhoea, feeling sick and thrush.
Don’t pass it on!
You should also avoid having sex until you have been given the all-clear, to prevent you being re-infected or passing the infection on.
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