If you think you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), don't panic. You simply need to get tested so you can get the right treatment. Many people with STIs don't get symptoms, so it's worth getting tested even if you feel healthy.
An STI can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex. You can get or pass on an STI whoever you're having sex with.
74% of men in Hertfordshire would encourage their friends to have a sexual health check if they had had unprotected sex (sex without a condom). There are many ways you can get free, confidential sexual health information, advice and treatment in Hertfordshire. Find your nearest service at Sexual Health Hertfordshire, call 0300 008 5522 or speak to your GP.
You can always check out this NHS website for sexual health information including STI’s, possible symptoms and contraception.
When used correctly, condoms help to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Under 25? You can get free condoms, a chlamydia test and advice about contraception through the local c-card scheme
Need an HIV test? Get a free, confidential testing kit sent to your home. To order a kit visit www.freetesting.hiv If you want to find out more about the sexual health services in Hertfordshire, including where you can have an HIV test, go to Sexual Health Hertfordshire or give them a call on 0300 008 5522. Confidential HIV support, testing and information is also available from Herts Aid 01923 803 440 or visit www.hertsaid.co.uk