I'm embarrassed and scared to get an STI test

#1

I have recently been told that a guy I slept with a few months ago had chlamydia and I am now really worried. I have never had an STI test and am scared to go in case it hurts, I don’t know what they will do at the clinic and really don’t want to see someone I know there :flushed: I am really embarrassed we didn’t use a condom and I have read up that chlamydia can cause infertility if left untreated. Please help!!!

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#2

Don’t panic, I know friends who have had chlamydia before, it’s shit but not the end of the world. Go to a clinic in another city or go to your local one first thing in the morning. The test doesn’t hurt and it’s over before ya know it. Also chlamydia doesn’t cause infertility for like 10 years or something crazy I think, so don’t stress. Delete his number tho.

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#3

I’ve had chlamydia before and had no idea… I must have had it for months, but had no symptoms at all. Once I went to the clinic (which was absolutely fine by the way, the professionals stop at any point if you’re uncomfortable and it’s not painful at all) it was such easily treatable. Don’t be embarrassed! It’s your health after all, so own your body :slight_smile:

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#4

Babe, real talk here. Whats more embarrassing - getting the test or having an STI, not knowing about it and potentially spreading it to other partners. I think you know what to do here and you can do it girl :slight_smile:

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#5

Hey Beth, this is completely understandable, having anyone down there can be more than a little anxiety inducing. Dr HANX @Dr.HANX_Co-founder always reminds the girls at HQ that as a gynaecologist she is so immune to seeing vaginas, and more importantly when she’s taking care of her patients her only focus is on the examination and looking out for their wellbeing. So take a deep breath, book that appointment and have a friend meet you afterwards for a well deserved glass of wine :blue_heart:

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#6

Don’t panic babe, you can get STI kits sent to your house in discrete packaging if you live in the UK. I work in a sexual health clinic and they’re painless and totally confidential. Hope this helps x

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