Telling your Sexual Partners
Telling your Sexual Partners

Why it's important

So what do you do if your test comes back positive? After being treated yourself, it's important to tell your sex partners. Why? Their health is at risk, so they need to know what's going on. It's natural to feel worried, embarrassed, and even scared. But to protect your partner, it's a conversation you need to have.

More reasons it is important they know:

  • STDs can cause serious health problems, especially if they're not found and treated.
  • Some STDs can lower the chances of having babies in the future if not treated early on.
  • Telling a past or current partner gives that person the chance to get checked out and, if needed, treated.
  • If you're treated for an STD but your partner isn't, you can get re-infected.

Tips to assist you

  • Just be upfront and let them know you that you had a recent sexual health test and you tested positive for an STI.
  • If you suspect you contracted it from your partner, don’t assume they knew they had an infection and didn’t tell you STIs often have no symptoms and people might not know they had it.
  • Know the basics about the STI to answer any questions
  • Let your partner know you have been treated and how easy it was to treat
  • Copy and paste this link so they can easily access a list of testing locations in Auckland.

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