Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is an infection that can pass to another person through vaginal, anal or oral sex

Who can get an STI?

Anyone who has sex can get an STI, you don’t need to have lots of sexual partners. The more partners you have the more likely you are to come into contact with an STI. Both men and women can get and pass on STIs.

Some STIs have no symptoms so it’s important to get checked out if:

  • you have had unprotected sex with a new partner recently
  • you or your sexual partner has sex with other people without using a condom
  • your sexual partner has recently been diagnosed with an STI
  • you or your sexual partner has symptoms that are unusual or worrying
Get tested

If you have changed partner or had unprotected sex and have no symptoms you can order a free STI test online.

GPs (your family doctor) also provide confidential testing and treatment for STIs. Make an appointment at your GP practice if you need to discuss STIs or you want a STI test.

If you notice any signs or symptoms that are unusual for you its best to go and get them checked out. Sexual health clinics provide free and confidential testing and treatment of STIs. Staff can also help you to tell your partner(s) that they may have been exposed to an STI.

If you are under 16 you can go to your GP or a Sexual Health Clinic for confidential testing and treatment.

Remember most STIs can be treated easily so don’t delay getting tested.

When you are seen by a healthcare professional you will be asked for your name and contact details and you will be asked some questions about your sex life:

  • when did you last have sex
  • when did you last have unprotected sex and what sort of sex (oral, vaginal and/or anal) have you had
  • do you have any symptoms
  • why do you think you might have an STI

Asking these questions help clinic staff to provide you with he right tests and treatment if needed.

Protect yourself from STIs

The best way to protect yourself and your partner from sexually transmitted infections is to use condoms. If you are over 16 you can order condoms online.

Free condoms are available for young people under 25 from the Hampshire Get it on condom distribution scheme. 

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