Anyone at any age can get a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Don’t be embarrassed about getting tested. You deserve peace of mind. There are effective treatments available if you do end up testing positive. Consider STI testing as part of your health care.
Most sexually transmitted infections have no signs or symptoms. They are easy to get and if some go untreated, they can cause lasting damage. You can ask to be tested for a sexually transmitted infection even if you don’t have any symptoms.
There is no simple way to determine your chances of getting a sexually transmitted infection. The following charts help estimate your risk, but not every situation is included within these tables. If you need more information, contact a public health nurse at 905-688-3817 or 1-800-263-5757.
You should get tested if you have any of these symptoms:
People can also get sexually transmitted infections in their throat. Signs and symptoms may include:
Fever, new cough or a cough that is getting worse are also common signs of COVID-19 infection; other symptoms of COVID-19 can include a sore throat. If you have these symptoms, contact your health care provider for an assessment or contact a Niagara Health COVID-19 Assessment Centre to book an appointment.
To get tested, you can:
If you're a student attending a post-secondary institution, your school website will have information on sexually transmitted infection testing and other on-campus health services:
All services are free and confidential.
Most tests require a urine, swab or blood sample. Results of these tests may take one to two weeks.
Follow up may include:
Use condoms and dental dams for all sexual acts (oral, vaginal and anal sex). Make sure the condom or dental dam is being used correctly before there is any contact between bodies.
Free condoms are available at the St. Catharines sexual health centre. No appointment needed.
Keep up-to-date with vaccinations against hepatitis A, B and HPV.