If I have HIV or an STI, do I have to tell my partner(s)?

While there is no current law in Rhode Island that says that you have to tell your partner(s) if you have an STI or HIV, not telling your partner(s) that they have been exposed  could cause immediate or future health problems for them and any other sex partners they may have. If your partner is pregnant, it could also cause harm to the unborn fetus. You could also get re-infected with an STI if you have sex with a partner who has not been treated.

You can let partners know anonymously that they should get tested by using the FREE Tell Your Partner service.

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