Let’s talk about:Getting Tested

Going to get a sexual health test can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time. Your not sure what to expect, what you’ll have to do or if they’ll tell your parents.

Firstly, clinics are free and all the staff working there are usually really friendly and welcoming, so you should have nothing to worry about.

Secondly, there should be staff on hand to help you complete a form detailing what it is you would like from the clinic. You may only want to get some condoms or just get some advice from a member of staff, whatever it is, someone will ALWAYS be there to help.

Lastly, all information is confidential, and as a young person you are giving the same confidentially rights as an adult, so your parents will not be informed about your visit. The only way in which confidentiality may be broken, is if you as a young person disclose something to a professional that may harm you or another person or put you or someone else at risk.

Still not sure about getting tested?

Watch this video made by Carrie Fletcher about her GUM Clinic experience, telling you all you need to know.

It is advised that you get tested regular, especially if you change sex partners regulary or have more than one sexual partner.

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