Stigma and STI testing

RISK for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) will vary from person to person and change throughout the lifespan of an individual.

Assumptions regarding a person’s sexual activity may result in incomplete testing, unidentified and untreated infection and onward transmission.

As a thorough assessment of a patient’s individual risk can be daunting for clinicians and uncomfortable for patients, guidelines have been produced to facilitate screening in different populations.

These guidelines are based on the rates of STIs among the