Sexual health is an important part of being healthy. It is about making positive choices to
protect your health and wellbeing whist being fulfilled.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
A sexually transmitted infection is an infection that is passed from one person to another
through unprotected sexual contact. There are many different types of STIs
Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK and is caused by bacteria. In most people, this
infection has no symptoms. Some may have pain on passing urine, or a discharge from the
penis. A short course of antibiotics clears the infection in most cases.
Genital herpes. Symptoms range from minor soreness to painful blisters around the penis.
Antiviral medication can help ease the symptoms when they develop.
Genital warts are small lumps that develop around the penis or anus and are caused by a
virus. Treatment includes applying chemicals to the warts.
Gonorrhoea. Symptoms include a penal discharge. A short course of antibiotics clears the
bacteria in most cases.
HIV. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) affects the immune system. Over time, this can
develop into acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Long term treatment is with antiretroviral drugs, which support the body's immune system, but does not clear the virus.
If you are concerned, do not put it off. You can either make an appointment with your GP or speak to your Pharmacist. Chlamydia testing is also offered at some pharmacies.
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