Did you know? Not everyone with an STI has signs or symptoms. Make sure you know that just because someone hasn’t got symptoms it doesn’t mean they’ve not got an STI.

In some cases, the infective microorganism may lie dormant in the nerves like in Herpes. In other cases like syphilis, it takes time to progress from one stage of the infection to the next, and this may make it seem like it has resolved. And in other cases like HPV or HIV, the infection may take years to finally manifest in the form of a disease.

For example, around 70% of women and 50% of men with chlamydia won’t have obvious symptoms but could still pass the infection on. Although you may be symptomatic in 1 – 2 weeks after the infection, you may be asymptomatic for weeks to months, even a year. We recommend you make sure you use protection like condoms when you engage in sexual intercourse.