How can you find out if you have an STBBI?
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If one has had unprotected sexual activity (without the use of a male or female condom), including oral or anal sex, they should be advised to get tested by a health care professional. This may include their own health care provider, or a sexual health clinic in the community. Testing is the only way to know for sure if someone has an STBBI, as many do not exhibit signs or symptoms.
Testing can include:
- A urine sample
- A blood sample
- A swab from the throat, penis, vagina or anus
- A swab from a sore
Treatment can be started, once an STBBI has been diagnosed.
It is also very important to get tested to find out if an STBBI is present to help decrease the risk of passing along the STBBI to someone else.