It’s a good idea to have a sexual health check up every time you have a new sexual partner, even if you have no symptoms of any sexually transmitted infections. In young people, the most common sexually transmitted infection is chlamydia and most people who have it actually show no symptoms at all!
This means that you can’t tell just from looking if you or anyone else has a sexually transmitted infection. Sexually transmitted infections can be passed on through different types of sex – including oral sex, vaginal sex and anal sex – and also through sharing sex toys. The best way to stop this from happening is by using a condom. Fluids such as semen, vaginal fluid and blood can be carried in the condom so won’t transfer between you and your sexual partner if either of you have a sexually transmitted infection.
For more information visit: www.yoursexualhealthmatters.org.uk