What is it?

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)


These are passed from one person to another through sexual or genital contact.  For example, chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhoea, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) etc. Most of these infections can be prevented by wearing condoms during sexual intercourse.   Common symptoms are:  an unusual vaginal discharge, abnormal vaginal bleeding,  a sore, ulcer, rash, or lump on the the vagina, vulva or anus, pain when you have sex, pain when you pass urine and swelling of the glands in your groin.  However, they often do not present any symptoms which means they are usually spread by people who are not aware that they have the condition.


STIs are treatable.  If you have any symptoms or would like a sexual health screening test as you have had unprotected sexual intercourse then please see your GP or your local genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics, sometimes called sexual health clinics.  

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