That’s a very helpful question and we are glad that you asked it. Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are predominantly spread through condom-less sex with someone who has an STI. Often STIs do not show symptoms. Sometimes only one partner may have symptoms. So, if one of the partners feel perfectly fine, they could still pass on an STI if they have unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.
To successfully treat the infection both/all of the partners have to be diagnosed and treated at the same time to ensure that the STI is managed/treated and prevent being re-infected. During this diagnosis and treatment phase it is recommended that the partners adopt safer sex options.
Knowing your status goes a long way in ensuring a healthy sexual life. If you have difficulty conveying this information to your partner(s), speak with your health care provider or sexual health clinic for help.