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My partner refuses to get an STD test. What do I do?

The clinical advice in this situation is to use condoms until you have both been tested.

You could ask your partner why they don’t want to get tested- let them know it is important to you that both of you do tests so you can continue to have safe sex.

Sexually transmitted infections often do not have symptoms, so if your partner did have an infection, they would not know unless they did a test. Not testing could be putting your health at risk.

You should never feel pressured into having sex with someone or do anything you do not feel comfortable with. If you do not want to have sex with someone who has not done a recent STI test- this is ok.

Read this blog for more suggestion on how to tell your partner you want them to do an STI test.

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This post was clinically reviewed by:
Dr Paula Baraitser SH:24's Clinical Director

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