This Valentine’s Day, nothing says I fancy the pants off you, like swiping right!
In the modern day world of dating, it’s easy to swipe right on someone you find attractive, but no matter how much you might fancy someone, finding out about their sexual history and making a point to stay safe is essential. You might think you would know if someone for instance has an STI, but you as the old saying goes ‘you can’t judge a book by it’s cover’ and you can’t tell just by looking at someone if they have a sexually transmitted infection.
Testing together, particularly at the start of a new relationship, could prevent yourself and your partner from discovering STIs further down the line. By taking responsibility for your sexual health, you’ll protect each other from possible symptoms and open up a more honest conversation that you and your partner can both benefit from.
There are also some risks with undiagnosed STIs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea causing long term conditions – including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), inflammation of the testicles, and infertility.