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Do I have to go to a doctor if I think I have an STI?

Seeking an answer for something that you are not sure off is good first step. STIs are very common and most people who are sexually active experience having an STI at least once in their lifetime. STI aren’t always dependent on symptoms. If you think you have been exposed to an STI or notice a symptom, here are somethings you might want to consider:

  • talk with your sex partner(s) about your concern and your plan to get tested,
  • practice safer sex even if you think you might have already passed on the infection. Remember every sexual contact may not result in STI transmission. So timely diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid a potential risk of transmission or contracting an STI.
  • STIs often go unnoticed, so the only way to know for sure is to get tested.

If you feel going to your doctor is difficult, you can reach out to a testing nurse / nurse practitioner. Testing for STIs can trigger some anxiety but knowing your status means access to effective treatment and prevention.