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Sexual Health

Both men and women need to look after their sexual health and take time to understand the issues that surround contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For instance there are some STIs, like chlamydia, that you could be carrying without having any symptoms. This infection can affect fertility, so it's important to make use of the sexual health services available for free on the NHS 

What are STIs? 

Infections that can be passed from one person to another either during unprotected penetrative sex, oral sex or through close contact with the genital area.

Some of the most common STI’s are:

  • Gonorrhoea
  • Chlamydia
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomonas
  • Pubic Lice
  • Genital Warts
  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes
  • HIV

 


How do you know if you have an infection?

There are many different symptoms which may include pain when passing urine or pain during sexual intercourse, an unusual discharge, a rash or painful sores around the genital area.

It is important to note that some STI’s have no symptoms. Most STI’s are easy to treat so if you have any worries make an appointment with the GP or attend the family planning clinic for a check up. 

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection, most commonly spread through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.

75% of people infected with chlamydia don't have any symptoms. However, testing and treatment are simple. If you are concerned you ay have chlamydia make an appointment with the GP or attend the family planning clinic for a check up. 

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Read more about Women's Health here.