If you’re sexually active, you can get a sexually transmissible infection (STI) – even if you practise safe sex most of the time. It’s estimated that around one in every six people will get an STI in their lifetime.
There are many different STIs - including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, Mycoplasma genitalium, genital herpes, scabies, pubic lice (crabs), shigellosis, some types of hepatitis and HIV – and not all of them have obvious symptoms, so there is a chance that you or your partner could have an STI without knowing it.
The good news is, most STIs are curable and all are treatable. But if left untreated, STIs can have long-term effects on your body such as infertility.
So take action: get tested and look your sexual health.
You can read more information about STIs on the Better Health Channel