I had unprotected sex, what symptoms should I look for?


Some people who have an STI will not get any symptoms. This means the infection can damage your body without you even knowing about it. It also means you could accidentally pass on an STI to someone else. If you think you have an STI, the only way to be sure is to see a doctor or a nurse.

Common symptoms include:

  • Unusual discharge from the vagina
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Pain or burning when peeing
  • Itches, rashes, lumps, bumps or blisters around the genitals or bottom
  • Pain and/or bleeding during sex
  • Bleeding between periods (including women who are using hormonal contraception)
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Pain in the testicles (balls)
  • Pain in the lower stomach

If you have symptoms, we advise coming to the clinic as soon as possible and to avoid sexual contact until you have been seen. You’ll find details of symptoms on the STI pages on this site.