Disclosure: Should I tell my sexual partners if I have an STI?

Telling sexual partners that you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is not only the right thing to do for them, it could also stop you from getting into trouble yourself.

If you have had sex with someone and you find out you have an STI, letting them know enables them to get treatment quickly if needed. Avoiding delays in getting treatment gives them the best chance to protect their health.

If you already have an STI and you want to have sex with someone, telling them about it allows them to manage their own risk and make informed choices about the sex they are having. It also helps to stop you feeling anxious about sex and any risk.

If you want to tell someone about an infection but are finding it hard, the Dean Street Health Advisers can help you tell them that they have been at risk to encourage them to come in for testing and treatment.

If you find out that you have an infection while you are in a relationship, talk to your partner as soon as possible. Your partner might be upset and angry but being honest is the best way to talk it through, rather than your partner developing symptoms and finding out that way.