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ARE YOU STI-FREE?

Hands intertwined, hearts racing, lips locked — you’re keen to get on with it as much as your new partner. Suddenly your nagging brain kicks in. Red flag. We haven’t talked about sexually transmitted infections (STIs)! Are they STI-free?

Asking someone if they’ve been tested after their last sexual encounter is crucial. Here’s how to politely ask your next lover, while avoiding confrontation.

Why is it a good idea to get tested before having sex?

“Getting tested is a normal part of checking up on your health and making sure you’re giving yourself the best care,” says Dr Sarah Ashton, a psychologist, researcher and founder of

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