11 reasons to get an STI test
Getting an STI test is a great idea for any sexually active person
If you are sexually active it is important to get regular STI checkups. Getting a checkup helps to protect your sexual and reproductive health and protects any partners you may have from getting an STI.
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. If you have ever had unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex you are at risk of contracting an STI and should take the time to get checked.
3. It’s quick
Getting tested does not take long and should take less than an hour out of one evening or morning of your week, and some clinics can even offer you results on the same day.
4. It’s easy
There are several STI clinics around Ireland who provide STI tests for people of all genders and sexual orientation, so you’re sure to find one that suits you.
5. It’s free
There are plenty of free STI clinics around the country. Before you visit one of these clinics, be sure to check whether or not you need to book an appointment first, or whether there are specific walk-in hours.
6. It’s painless
You might have heard rumours that getting an STI test is sore. That’s totally false - STI screenings are quick to carry out and 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!
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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.