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Sexually Transmitted Infections

When people hear about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), most of them first think of HIV and AIDS. There are actually many more other 25 infections that can be passed during sex.

There is a real worry in the UK because the number of STIs has increased over the last few years, particularly in young people. Once an infection is caught, the person may catch another STI more easily. If a person has several sexual partners the risk of catching an STI is increased.

Some people do not know they have an STI because there are no symptoms, and pass this infection on to their sexual partner without knowing. Some people know they have an STI as they have symptoms.

An STI will not go away without treatment so medical help will be needed. Do not ignore the symptoms as the infection may get worse and may cause more harm, like becoming ill or making difficult to make a baby. Many STIs can be treated, but a few, for example - herpes and HIV, will not disappear. The symptoms of herpes and HIV may disappear but the viruses will stay in the body.

Condoms are used to prevent pregnancy but they are also used to help prevent STIs being passed to other people. Information and advice are available from GPs, nurses, genitourinary medicine clinics (GUMs) and sexual health clinics.

Symptoms are different for each STI and a medical diagnosis is needed to confirm which STI is caught. There is a list below that describes briefly each STI and symptoms.

List of STI and symptoms

Chlamydia
Chlamydia
Genital Herpes
Genital Herpes
Non-specific Urethritis
Non-specific Urethritis
Pubic Lice
Pubic Lice
Trichomoniasis
Trichomoniasis
Genital Warts
Genital Warts
Gonorrhoea
Gonorrhoea
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Syphillis
Alcohol
HIV and AIDS
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B

 


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