Sexually Transmitted Infections are passed on from one person to another during unprotected sex or genital contact. The phrase 'sexually transmitted infection' is often shortened to the abbreviation 'STIs'.
It is important to remember that STIs can;
- affect any person of any age, sexual orientation and gender
- sometimes have no symptoms
There are many different STIs. Most can be treated with antibiotics however some require other medications or treatments to keep them under control. If they are left untreated, STIs can cause problems in later life. It is important to have regular screening if you have unprotected sex or have a change of partner. This can reduce the risk of passing it on to someone else.
To find out more information on specific types of STIs, visit:
Where can I access free support:
Are you aged between 15-24? You can access free chlamydia kits from most pharmacies and Terrence Higgins Trust. Most GPs can also screen for chlamydia too.
You can also visit your local sexual health clinic for a full STI screen if you have symptoms. If you are worried about STIs and have no symptoms, you can access the online 'Express Test'. This is a new and easy way to test for sexually transmitted infections without going into clinic. This can be accessed by visiting the iCaSH Express Test. This is smart phone friendly.
Top Tips to protect yourself against STIs
- Test regularly
- Use a condom
- Talk to sexual partners about any worries or concerns
- Get tested with your partner
- Seek advice and support
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Page reviewed and updated February 2021. Next review: May 2021