Healthy lives for young people

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STIS)

A sexually transmitted infection (STI), is basically any kind of bacterial or viral infection that can be passed on through unprotected sexual contact. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve had sex or how many partners you’ve had; anyone can get an STI.

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Types of STI
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    Chlamydia
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    Gonorrhoea
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    Genital herpes
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    HIV
    STIs
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    Syphilis
    STIs
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    Pubic lice (‘crabs’)
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    Trichomoniasis
    STIs
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    Genital warts
    STIs
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    Mycoplasma genitalium (MG)
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    Hepatitis
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    Thrush (candidiasis)

    Not an STI but sex can trigger it.

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    Cystitis

    Not an STI but sex can trigger it.

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    Vaginitis

    Not an STI but sex and STIs can trigger it.

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    Urethritis

    Not an STI but sex and STIs can trigger it.

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    Proctitis

    Not an STI but STIs can trigger it.

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    Bacterial vaginosis (BV)

    Not an STI but it is more common in women who are sexually active.

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FAQ & advice
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    Do I have an STI?
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    Getting tested for STIs
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    Free STI home testing kits in England
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    Six reasons why you should get tested
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    Dental dams
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  • Real Story
    Herpes: Gemma’s story
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Get tested

Getting tested for STIs

Don’t panic, most infections are easily treated and getting tested is free and confidential. You can read more about getting tested here.

If you’ve had unprotected sex, don’t wait and hope for the best, have an STI test as soon as you can – it’s the only way you can be sure. You will also need to consider emergency contraception.

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    Six reasons why you should get tested
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    Getting tested for STIs
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Protection from STIs

To protect yourself from STIs you need to use a condom or female condom every time you have sex. Condoms are the only method of contraception that protect against both pregnancy and STIs. Even if you’re using another method of contraception, like the pill, to protect against pregnancy, you should still use a condom as well.

Contraception is FREE on the NHS for all ages so you won’t have to pay anything. You can get it from a range of places including Brook services, other young people’s services, GP surgeries, GUM or sexual health clinics and family planning services.

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    Condoms (male)
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    Internal (or female) condoms
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HAD UNPROTECTED SEX?

This puts you at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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