STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections)

Common STIs include: 

 

How do I stop myself from getting an STI?

A condom  or dental dam will provide a protective barrier against many STI’s, however you need to make sure you use the condom properly.

Having oral sex and anal or vaginal intercourse without a condom is the most common way you can catch an STI. Some STI’s can be passed on through other types of sexual contact too, and it is a good idea to get to know what these are, how they may be passed on, and what symptoms to look out for.

How will I know if I have an infection?

Below are some common symptoms you should look out for but it’s important to know that people can be infected with an STI and not have any symptoms at all, and it’s not possible to tell by looking at them.

  • Unusual discharge of liquid from the vagina or penis – it could be thick or watery, cloudy, white or yellow. It might be smelly.
  • Pain or burning when you wee.
  • Weeing more than usual.
  • Itching, rashes, lumps, ulcers, sores or blisters on or around the genitals or anus.
  • Pain in the testicles or lower abdomen.
  • Pain and / or bleeding during sex.
  • Bleeding between periods or after sex can be a sign.

Sometimes symptoms can come and go but that does not mean that the STI has gone away! It will not go away until it has been treated. Ignoring it will make it worse.

There are other great websites for information on STI’s such as: 

www.gmfa.org.uk/sex/stis

http://www.swish.org.uk/

http://www.tht.org.uk/