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What to do if you think you have one

Think You've Got an STI?

What should I do if I think I might have an STI, or if I want to get checked?

Make an appointment at one of the GUM Clinics which are based at St Helens Hospital.

St Helens – 01744 646 473

You could call other GUM Clinics near to St Helens to see if their waiting times are shorter and if it's better for you:

  • Warrington – 0925 662 476
  • Liverpool – 0151 706 2621
  • Southport – 01704 513 303
  • Ormskirk – 01695 571 043
  • Chester – 01244 363 091
  • Arrow Park, Wirral – 0151 514 6464

Sometimes you don't need to have an appointment as some clinics are 'walk-in' but it's best to call them first to check the opening times.

What should I do if I've got an STI?

1. Get some advice from the staff at the GUM Clinic, who will tell you what you should and shouldn't do.

2. Make sure whomever you have had sexual contact with is checked out and cleared of infection before having sex with you or anyone else. If you don't want to tell them they may have an infection the clinic staff will do it for you (called 'contact tracing'). They will contact people you have had sexual contact with over a period of time but none of your details will be passed on. Nobody will ever know it was you because this is an anonymous service.

3. Avoid sex until the STI has been treated and has gone away. It is recommended to be re-tested 6 weeks after treatment.

4. Always use a condom every time you have sex.


If you are worried about having an STI or even if you would just like to have a test, visit one of our  Clinics in St Helens.



Rashes, sores, burning, smelling and itching and generally feeling unwell are some symptoms that you may have if you have an STI. HOWEVER, most people don't have any signs or symptoms, so regularly testing is always recommended.         

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