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Getting tested for an STI
You might have noticed that we’ve been posting various threads in the Sex and Relationships forum recently and wonder why we’ve been doing this.
Here at The Mix we think Relationships are a really important topic. We hope these discussions will help to break down some of the taboo topics in relationships and give you a chance to talk about things that you might not be able to talk about elsewhere.
The overall aim of these discussions is help people strengthen their relationships, so look out for these threads each week and please do get involved!
The research states that STIs can have serious long-term consequences such as infertility. Bacterial STIs (gonorrhoea and chlamydia) can be treated with antibiotics but can have serious consequences if left untreated. And even worse, there are no effective cures for viral STI’s.
Think we’d all agree that STI’s aren’t a very pleasant thought!
It can be easy to think that they’re only something that happens to other people. Until you start to develop symptoms of an STI yourself eeeeek!
Now, this could be a bit of an awkward conversation to have with your partner!
In hindsight it’s easy to think – ‘arrrgh!! Wish I’d been more careful!!’
So, what’s the best way to approach this subject with your partner?
This article has some tips about how to talk to your partner about STI’s if you get stuck!
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Look forward to hearing your answers to the question