What contact details do you have for your sexual partner(s)? In some cases, you might not have all of their personal details, but it is really important to let them know. You can try to send them a message through a mutual friend or on social media asking them to contact you.
Think about how you would like to be told yourself. Although it isn’t the best news to get, people would rather know that they may have an STI and have the opportunity to treat it quickly.
Many people prefer to discuss it face to face and find they have a positive response from their partner(s).
STIs are usually easy to test for and treat.
Most STIs are passed on by people who don’t know they have one, as they often don’t have any signs or symptoms.
Just because you were tested first doesn’t mean that you had the infection first.
Make sure you have the correct information to answer any questions and correct any myths about the STI. You can download a PDF of Just The Facts for each STI on the Sexually Transmitted Infections section of our website.
If you use a condom every time you have sex, you are much less likely to get an STI.
The medical information in JUST THE FACTS is based on the STIEF and NZ Sexual Health Society Guidelines for the management of STIs. The New Zealand Ministry of Health supports the use of these clinical guidelines, developed by clinical experts and professional associations to guide clinical care in New Zealand.