Sexually Transmitted Infections

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A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is an infection passed from one person to another through sexual contact. There are many different types of sexually transmitted infections, some can be cured and some cannot. For those infections that cannot be cured, there is treatment available to manage the symptoms.

Here we go through some of the most common sexually transmitted infections, you can learn what symptoms to look out for, and how to protect yourself from becoming infected in the first place. We also have a symptom checker and you can find your nearest sexual health clinic here.

Pubic Lice

Also known as crabs, pubic lice are very small insects that live on thick body hair such as pubic hair, they are spread through physical contact. Fully grown public lice...

HIV

HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a virus which weakens your body's ability to fight infections and disease. It does this by damaging the cells in your immune system. HIV...

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is caused by a bacteria called gonococcus or Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhoea used to be known as “the clap”. The bacteria can infect the entrance to a woman’s womb, the...

Syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial infection, it is one of the easiest sexually transmitted infections to catch. It is important to get treated if you have Syphilis as it can lead...

Thrush

Thrush is a common infection caused by yeast that affects both men and women, it is also known as Candida. Around 75% of women will experience vaginal thrush at some...

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is caused by a tiny parasite called Trichomonas Vaginalis, it is sometimes known as “TV” or “Trichs”. It affects both men and women and infects the genitals which may...

HPV

HPV or Human papillomavirus is the name given to a very common group of viruses. In the majority of people they cause no issues, but in some cases can lead...

Hepatitis

Hepatitis is the name used to describe inflammation of the liver, it can be difficult to spot and can cause serious liver damage and other health problems if left untreated...

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is a bacterial infection affecting females that causes inflammation of the upper part of the reproductive organs - this includes the womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries...

Chlamydia

Chlamydia Trachomatis is a type of bacteria which can often go undetected, it is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK and affects both men...

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it causes painful sores and blisters around and on the genitals. Genital Herpes is caused by a virus called the Herpes Simplex...

Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis is an imbalance of the normal bacteria found in a woman’s vagina, it can cause an abnormal discharge and an unpleasant fishy smell. Bacterial Vaginosis is not a...

Genital Warts

Genital warts are caused by certain viruses of the human papilloma family (HPV). HPV can be dangerous for women due to some types of HPV that can lead to cancer...
Myth: Getting tested for an STI is embarrassing
Truth:

Getting tested for an STI shows you are responsible and take your health seriously, something to be proud of.