If you’ve had unprotected sex, or if you just want peace of mind, we’d recommend getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) when you’re back home to be on the safe side. How soon after sex do you think you need to get tested? We spoke to Kelly, a junior doctor*, about the best time to go for an STI test.
“Depending on what you’re testing for, symptoms and test results can show up after varying lengths of time,” says Kelly. “My advice would be to get yourself tested a few weeks after getting back from your trip, and then again another few weeks down the line. This should mean you’re covered for everything as the likes of chlamydia and gonorrhoea would show up after a few weeks, but syphilis and HIV might not show up until around seven to twelve weeks after intercourse”.
We’re also big advocates for getting tested regularly (every few months) to ensure you’re being as conscious and safe as possible – especially if you’re enjoying multiple or new partners. Remember that you may be able to order an STI test kit online for free if you’d prefer not to go to a clinic in person.
Above all else, enjoy yourself!
*Kelly does not endorse any products or brands
ellaOne® 30mg film-coated tablet contains ulipristal acetate and is indicated for emergency contraception within 120 hours (5 days) of unprotected sexual intercourse or contraceptive failure. Always read the label.