Everyone who has sex is at risk of a sexually transmitted infection (STI). You can’t always tell if someone has a STI. Most people have no symptoms or signs of an infection. If you have had unprotected sex, it might be worth having a check up. You can reduce your risk by practicing safer sex.
What is a sexual health check up?
The doctor will ask some questions, some of which you might find personal or sensitive. This is important so that we can offer you the best advice about which tests are appropriate for you.
If you have no symptoms, then it will not be necessary to examine you. Women may be asked to take a swab test. Men may be asked to provide a sample to urine.
There are some STIs which can only be checked for by a blood test. These are HIV, hepatitis and syphilis. The doctor will advise you if you are at particular risk of these infections. These tests are, however, available for anyone if they wish.