STI testing is a quick and easy thing to do to take care of your sexual health. But it can also bring up feelings of anxiety about testing. The biggest worry for many people is ‘What will happen if I have an STI?’ You may worry about how to tell your sex partners that they need to get tested. You may worry that you have HIV, and how that would change your life. Sometimes you might find this worry interfering with your day-to-day life.
Here are some suggestions to help you get through the time until you get your test results. You can find more information on our Resources page.
What about HIV?
Many people fear getting HIV or passing HIV on to a partner. One way to lessen anxiety about HIV is to test regularly and to practice safer sex. It also helps to learn more about HIV and how it is passed between people.
There have been many improvements in HIV medications that make HIV a manageable infection. Many people in Canada who have HIV can live long, healthy lives and continue to be sexually active while practicing safer sex.
It is common for people to need information and support when they find out they are HIV positive. There are a number of organizations that provide services and support to people with HIV. These organizations can help you if you are feeling worried you might have HIV, have just been diagnosed or have questions living with HIV. Learn more about HIV-related resources that are available.