Maybe I have an STBBI

If I can’t see anything, then I surely can’t have anything

Most people who contract an STBBI show no symptoms. STBBIs are difficult to detect because they are not necessarily visible to the naked eye. It’s often without knowing it that and infected person transmits the infection to their partner. Only a screening test carried out by a doctor or a nurse can confirm that you haven’t caught an STBBI.

If a test is positive, the doctor will be able to recommend treatment and the precautions to take to avoid infection reoccurring. He or she will be able to assess what suits you best on the basis of your lifestyle and your behaviour.

I don’t really see why I should have screening tests done

Don’t hesitate to have STBBI screening tests done if you have had sexual intercourse without a condom or if you have shared drug injection or inhalation equipment.

You may also be in a stable, loving relationship and want to stop using condoms. In this situation, don’t forget that it’s important for the two lovebirds to have screening tests done to be sure that they’re “OK” before saying goodbye to condoms.

I don’t dare have tests done... I’m too afraid of the results

Actually, nothing is more distressing than living in doubt. It’s better to make a clean breast of it. Under the best circumstances, screening tests will simply reassure you and let you recover your peace of mind.

Tell yourself that if you have in fact contracted an STBBI, you should start treatment as quickly as possible. Rapid treatment allows you to avoid your state of health deteriorating, or even your developing complications. Health-care professionals will be there to support and advise you. So, be brave!

I want to have screening tests done, but I don’t want my parents to know

If you are 14 or older, your parents’ authorization is not required for you to receive health care. So, you can have screening tests done, get your results and, if necessary, take medication all without your parents being informed. You can specify to the health professional that you want the test results to be sent to you confidentially.

Nonetheless, you may feel a little powerless in the face of this situation. If you have good relations with your parents, they can offer you support. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to talk to them about it.

Getting help

To get a screening test

  • Call Info-Santé 8-1-1
  • Talk it over with the nurse in your school or CLSC
  • Talk it over with your doctor


For any
other question

Consult Tel-jeunes

Tel-Jeunes Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux