If you have had unprotected sex, it is always advisable to be tested for venereal diseases or sexually transmitted infections

 A condom is the best protection against venereal diseases, but even if you always use a condom, it can still be a good idea to get tested.

Different venereal diseases affect the body in different ways. Some venereal diseases are not noticeable or felt, which is why it could be good to get tested even if you have no symptoms.

If you have a venereal disease, you will be more susceptible to other venereal diseases and HIV. By getting tested, you can find out whether you have a venereal disease and you can then avoid passing it on. This will also help you to keep a check on your own sexual health. Most infections are easy to treat if they are detected in time.

It does not cost anything to be tested for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis or hepatitis.

Get tested if:

  • you have had unprotected sex
  • the condom has broken or slipped off
  • you suspect that you have or may have got a venereal disease
  • you have symptoms or problems that suggest you may have a venereal disease
  • your sex partner has a venereal disease