Does an STI signal that it could be time for a break from sex?

If you get an STI (sexually transmitted infection), it can be a good time to think about the sex you are having and if you are happy with the level of risk you are taking. Some STIs are very difficult to avoid, even if you use condoms, but others are much more easily averted if you practice safer sex. An STI can be a signal to re-evaluate your sexual safety to make sure you don’t damage your health and happiness in the long-term.

Another reason to take a break from sex after getting an STI is to ensure you don’t pass it to anyone else. Even if you are having treatment, like antibiotics for gonorrhea or chlamydia, the infection can still be in your system until you’ve finished treatment and got the ‘all clear’ from a doctor.

What should you do after finding out you have an STI? See some simple steps below:

Get immediate treatment

If you have symptoms, getting treatment fast is the best way to protect your long-term health and avoid giving it to someone else. Come and see us at Dean Street so we can get you on the road to recovery.

Inform your partners

You should inform your sexual partners so they can get treatment to protect their health as quickly as possible. Some people find this awkward but if you come and talk to us we can help. There are anonymous partner notifications services so that they can be informed without linking the infection to you.

Avoid sex until you have the ‘all clear’

You should wait until you have the ‘all clear’ from a health professional before having sex again. This isn’t just to protect your partners, it’s to protect you. Reinfection can occur if an infection is passed to one of your sexual partners and then back to you later. There have also been legal prosecutions in the UK when someone has knowingly passed a sexual infection to someone without telling them they had been carrying it.