Could I have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)?

If you've had unprotected sex (without a condom), there's a chance you could have caught an STI.

Arrange to get tested if:

  • you haven't got symptoms, but are worried you might have an STI

  • you have symptoms, such as unusual discharge

  • you have a feeling something is wrong

If you're currently having sex with someone, either stop or make sure you use a condom until you know for sure whether or not you have an STI. Your partner should get tested, too.

You can get free, confidential advice and treatment from your GP or specialist clinics in your area, even if you're under 16.

Most hospitals have special clinics called genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics, which give tests and treatment for STIs. There are also lots of places that are set up especially for young people.

Most STIs can be treated easily, so don't be scared of having a test and getting a positive result.