STIs and STDs (sexually transmitted infections and sexually transmitted diseases) are one health risk we don't like to think about much, which is largely why they spread so easily. We don't want to know about them, many people don't even experience symptoms and those who do will often mistake them for a urinary tract infection. But they can do so much more damage.
By ignoring your sexual health you risk not only your own wellbeing, but your partners as well. An untreated STI or STD can not only cause discomfort and pain, they can result in physical limitations and infertility. Getting checked after you observe symptoms is one thing; getting a check-up before being intimate with a new partner could actually prevent spreading the infection further. It's called being sexually responsible, and its not very difficult, so give it a try.
Check out the list of fact sheets for common STIs and their symptoms if you would like to know more about certain infections. Remember, not everyone experiences symptoms so a check-up may be your only way on knowing. Keep reading to learn more about what a sexual health check involves, just in case you are curious. If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to an STI, or would like some peace of mind for yourself and your partner then book an appointment for a sexual health check. They are quick, easy and generally painless. It could save you from chronic pain, physical limitations and infertility later on.