11 reasons to get an STI test
Getting an STI test is a great idea for any sexually active person
1. Honestly, it’s not that big a deal
STIs are extremely common. Even if nobody is talking about it, it’s pretty likely that at least one of your friends has had an STI at some stage. Having an STI is nothing to be embarrassed about. All it means is that you caught an infection and need to get treated.
2. If you’re sexually active, it’s the only way to know for sure if you’re STI free
As so many STIs don’t carry any symptoms, it can be impossible to know if you actually have one. Even if you practice safe sex and are in a monogamous relationship, just one quick instance of unprotected oral sex is enough to catch a STI. Better safe than sorry!
3. It’s quick
Getting tested will take a little chunk out of one evening or morning of your week - and surely that’s worth it for the peace of mind you get!
4. It’s easy
There are STI clinics all over the place and you’re sure to find one that caters to your specific sexual orientation or gender. Check out the list of clinics here.
5. It’s free
There are plenty of free STI clinics around. Check out the list of free clinics here.
6. It’s painless
You might have heard rumours that getting an STI test is sore. That’s totally false - STI screenings are completely painless.
7. You’ll feel way safer
If you ever feel even a little bit worried that you’ve maybe caught something, getting tested is the only way to put your mind at rest.
8. You won’t pass anything on
You’ll be able to know for sure that when you have sex, there’s no chance of you passing on an STI to your partner.
9. It’s a great way to build trust
If you and your partner both get tested, a clean bill of health can be great for building trust. It can also prevent any awkward accusations of cheating further on in the relationship.
10. You’re saving yourself from so many potential conditions down the line
Most STIs are totally harmless if you treat them on time. However, if left untreated, they can cause infertility and even damage your internal organs, and that’s certainly worth avoiding!
11. Treatment is easy and takes no time at all
Most STIs can be treated with a quick course of antibiotics. Symptoms clear up very quickly, and you’ll be all clear within a few weeks. Nice one!
Getting tested is normal. Find out where you can get a full sexual health screening here.
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Remember: The age of sexual consent in Ireland is 17. If you're over 16, you can consent to medical treatment including any treatment or tests needed.