Worried you might have an STI?

There are many types of STIs, but they are not always easy to spot because you may be asymptomatic (not showing any symptoms). You can also have more than one at a time!

If you have an STI, it may cause:

This table below has links to the different types of STIs that can cause different physical signs and symptoms. Click on the links to find out more.

What’s wrong?It could be…
I have a discharge from my penis or vaginaChlamydia
Bacterial vaginosis
I have pain in the lower part of my stomachChlamydia
I have abnormal vaginal bleeding or spottingGonorrhoea
I have burning or itching of my penis or vaginaChlamydia
The skin around my penis, vagina or anus is irritated or redThrush
I have growths on the penis, vagina or anusWarts
I have ulcers or sores on my penis or vaginaHerpes
Other causes which are not STIs
It burns when I peeChlamydia
It is important to go to healthcare facility if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above. The healthcare provider will examine you and provide you with treatment.

STI treatment

If you have an STI, you will need treatment. The right treatment will depend on the type of STI you have. Treatment might include antibiotics or medicines called antivirals, which fight viruses. Treatment can cure your infection or keep it from getting worse. It can also reduce the chance that you spread your infection to others. 

Once you start antibiotic treatment, it’s important you finish it. 

It also important to abstain from sex until seven days after you’ve completed antibiotic treatment and any sores have healed. If your symptoms don’t get better after the antibiotics or get better and then worse again please go back to your clinic –  it’s possible the antibiotics haven’t worked or you’ve been re-infected.

If your partner has told you that they have an STI, click here.

If you think you might have an STI and want to find out more about how to tell your partner, click here

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