B. You may not have noticed, but STI tests aren’t standard practice with gynaecologist visits. Rather, they’re available if you specifically request them. That could be problematic, since most women (around 70 percent) with STIs have no symptoms, says Dr Natalia Novikova, an aesthetic gynaecologist and endoscopic surgeon. Not knowing your STI status could be dangerous, says Novikova. “They cause severe illnesses and impair fertility in the future. It’s also possible to transmit to your sexual partners without knowing,” she says. If you’re with a new partner, always use condoms – and get tested ASAP.