A partner told me they have an infection. What should I do?
If a partner has told you they have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection it is important that you get either treatment or attend a sexual health clinic for a test. Your options will depend on what type of infection you may have been in contact with.
Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, NSU or PID
You may be given appropriate treatment on attendance, which is usually a course of antibiotics. You will also have a routine sexual health screen done.
If you have had sex with somebody in the last 72 hours who has recently tested positive for HIV, you should attend a sexual health clinic to discuss PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis), which can prevent you developing the infection.
Further information on PEP
If you have had sex with somebody more than 72 hours ago who has recently tested positive for HIV, then you should have an HIV blood test one month following the last sexual encounter with that person.
You should attend a sexual health clinic at the first opportunity. You may be offered a vaccination to prevent you from developing the infection, or you may need to be tested depending on how long it has been since your last sexual contact with that partner.
Herpes simplex virus or Genital warts
Contacts of Herpes simplex virus or genital warts do not generally need treatment. If you are pregnant and a contact of Genital herpes you should discuss this with your midwife. If you have symptoms you should attend a sexual health clinic. If you do not have symptoms and want to have a test for STIs you can order Postal Kits here.