Sharing STI Results in Sex

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If you get a positive result for a sexually transmitted infection, it's your duty to let your current partner know and take extra precautions.

You should also let anyone else know whom you might have had sex with since you became infected.

Why should I tell partners about positive results?

Telling a partner you have a sexually transmitted infection can be very difficult.

They may be shocked, upset, angry or even feel guilty if they think they might have given it to you.

However, if you value their wellbeing and your relationship together, you need to let them know.

Also, if you get treated successfully but they still have the infection but don't know, they could re-infect you at a later date.

Does a positive result mean someone's been cheating?

Although a positive result could mean one of you has been unfaithful, many sexually transmitted infections can go undetected for years. Make sure your partner understands this.

This is why it's important for both partners to get tested if you're thinking about stopping using protection or, later in life, if one of you wants to get pregnant.

Do I have to tell partners and former lovers person-to-person?

In relationships, openness and honesty are usually best.

However, if you think your relationship cannot handle such news, or you worry your partner (or ex-partner) could become violent, there are other ways of letting them know.

You can give your partner's name and address to your sexual health service. You should also give details for other people you've had sex with.

The service will then send an anonymous card inviting them to come in for a test.