Sexually transmitted disease (STIs) and testing

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The more people you have unprotected sex with, the greater your risk of contracting an STI. If you suspect that you have contracted an STI, please contact your student health nurse or your local health centre.

Condoms are the only way to protect yourself from STIs. Many STIs don’t have any symptoms and cannot be detected just by looking at someone. If you have had unprotected intercourse or your condom has broken, it is a good idea to get yourself tested. Not all STIs can be cured and you may experience symptoms from time to time for the rest of your life.

You can be referred for free STI testing by your student health nurse or your own health centre.

Tests can also be carried out at the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa Skin and Allergy Hospital’s STI clinic but if you are not experiencing symptoms, you should turn to your own health centre in the first instance.