How do I know if I am at risk for an STI

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Most women, and many men, who are infected with an STI do not have any signs.

Even if you do not have any signs, you may be at risk (more likely to have an STI) if:

  • your partner has signs of an STI. He has probably passed the STI to you, even if you have no signs.
  • you have more than one partner. The more partners you have, the greater the chance that one of them has passed an STI to you.
  • you have had a new partner in the last 3 months. He may have had another partner just before you who had an STI.
  • you think your partner might have other partners (for example, he lives away from home). This means he is more likely to become infected with an STI and infect you.
Sources
  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
  • Audiopedia ID: en010506