All tests are private
You can get tested however old you are, and even if you're under 16 the results are completely private. You will be asked for some basic details about yourself, like your name, age and contact details but these will not be passed on to your parents, carers or anyone else.
Where to go
Plenty of options
In Barnsley you can go to plenty of places to get tested
- Barnsley GUM
- Queens Road Clinic
- CASH Clinics
- Your normal doctor/GP
There's no need to be scared or embarrassed about getting an STI test – it just shows that you're responsible and care about yourself and the people you have sex with. The test is very quick and won't hurt, and you'll get the results back within a week.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
STI stands for sexually transmitted infection – meaning an infection you can catch if you have sex with someone who's got one. STIs can affect anyone who's ever had sex, both girls and boys, and you often don't know that you've got them.
The most common STIs are chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital warts and herpes. Sometimes you can tell that you've got an STI, but there are sometimes no signs that you can see. Most of them are easy to treat, but they can be serious if you don't do anything about them, so it's important that you get a test.