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Telling your sexual partner (partner notification)

If you've been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it's important that all your sexual partners from the last few months are told. They'll need to get tested and treated.

You may have caught an STI from an earlier partner but didn't know as there were no symptoms at the time.

Some people feel embarrassed, scared, or angry when they or their partner have an STI. This is common and normal. Don't let these feelings stop you from getting medical help or telling your partner.

If you need help telling your partner or partners, talk to your GP, practice nurse, or Sexual Health Centre.

Using a condom every time you have sex is the best way to protect yourself from getting or passing on a STI.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed February 2019.

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Review key: HIPAN-54580