How Often Should You Get An STI Test?
Your sex life is all about you and your partner. It’s about making each other feel good, having that connection and having fun, but there are also serious matters that you need to talk about whether you’re in a relationship or not.
Sexually Transmitted Infections, or STIs for short, are on the rise among Australians. Whether it be our laissez-faire attitude about sex or our reckless nature for engaging in sexual encounters when under the influence, Aussie men and women are letting themselves catch STIs and are choosing cure over prevention, which presents a huge risk to both you and your partner.
If you are in a committed relationship, it shouldn’t be a problem to talk about sexually transmitted diseases, because you will most likely only be interacting with one sexual partner. However, if you’re single and engaging in sexual encounters with many partners, it’s important to protect yourself and your partner by using protection during sex – i.e. condoms – and getting regular STI tests.
When you’re only having sex with one person and you both know each other’s sexual history, your sexual check ups are not going to be as frequent as those who have multiple sexual partners, but you should still get them.
You should be tested for STIs once you start having sex, when you get into a new relationship, when you change sexual partners, or if you notice any changes down there in-between regular tests. This is to ensure you are healthy and haven’t been given a sexually transmitted infection. You should also have a test if you’ve had unprotected sex or if the condom has broken or fallen off during sex. Many STIs don’t show symptoms, so you can be a carrier and unknowingly pass on infections to your sexual partners.
If you’re mature enough to have any sexual partners, then you should be mature enough to get regular testing. Testing can range from a urine test, a swab, a physical examination or a blood test, depending on the infection being tested for.
Health should always be about prevention over cure and your sex life should be no different. Some sexually transmitted infections are incurable, so it’s very important to use protection and to get tested regularly.
When was your last test?
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