Talk about STIs

Worrying on your own won’t make an STI go away. Our staff are friendly, approachable and have your health at the heart of all they do. You might feel embarrassed, but they have heard it all before. We just want to help you get the help you may need.

Risks

Ways they are transmitted

Through unprotected sex with the exchange of bodily fluids.

Symptoms

Generally STIs can be symptomless so the only way to know for sure is through a test. Symptoms can include but may not, burning sensation whilst peeing, pain during or after sex, swollen or painful testicles, unusual or strange smelling discharge from penis or vagina, rashes, sores, blisters or growths.

Tests

Self-taken urine sample or self-taken vaginal swab for chlamydia and gonorrhoea which takes 10 working days for results to come back or finger prick test for HIV and Syphilis test with instant result, followed by a full blood screening at Conifer if reactive. There are window periods with both tests, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea tests show up anything which has been caught over two weeks ago, HIV and syphilis tests show up anything which has been caught over six weeks ago. You can book a test online or catch the community and development workers in any of their city based outreach.

Chlamydia

Generally symptomless, bacterial based infection which is curable with a course of medication.

Gonorrhoea

Bacterial based infection which is curable with a course of medication

HIV

Viral infection which is not curable but treatable with daily medication.

Genital warts

Viral infection which is not curable but outbreaks can be treated and managed.

Genital Herpes

Viral infection which is not curable but outbreaks can be treated and managed.

Pubic Lice

Parasitic infection which can be cured with a course of medication.

Scabies

Parasitic infection which can be cured with a course of medication.

Syphilis

Viral infection which can be cured with a course of medication.

Protecting yourself against STIs

The only way to prevent the spread of STIs is through the use of barrier methods, such as condoms, dental dams and femidoms. It is important to stay up to date with STI testing and get checked every time you have a new sexual partner.

Talk to an expert online or visit us for a test.

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