Regardless of your age or sexuality, if you are sexually active there is a risk of picking up a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). STIs are infections that are passed from one person to another through Sexual Contact. They can be passed on through vaginal intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, sharing sex toys and sometimes by genital contact.
Information about different sexually transmitted Infections
If you have had unprotected sex or a condom split you might have an STI. It is best to get yourself checked out, you can do this by calling the central booking line( 01159 627 627) to make an appointment to talk about it, get tested and treated.
It is free to have an STI test and receive treatment.
We recommend that if you are sexually active that you are routinely tested as some infections have no symptoms but can cause serious health problems if left untreated.
An STI check-up will test for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis. The check-up will involve a discussion about your sexual history and any risks that you may have had and depending upon your individual circumstances you may need:
- to provide a urine sample
- to take a swab yourself
- a blood test
If you have been experiencing symptoms, you will usually need to be examined and further tests may be required. Not all clinics offer checks for symptoms so please check what is available in your local clinic when booking your appointment.
When you visit a sexual health clinic you will talk to one of our healthcare professionals. They will ask you about your symptoms and why you would like to be tested.
We will also ask you about general health, allergies and we ask a few personal questions about your sexual activity, this is so we can advise you on the test available and so we know what your risks are for specific infections.
It is all confidential and we don’t discuss your consultation with anyone else unless you agree.
- Use condoms for vaginal or anal sex
- Condoms or dental dams for oral sex
- Avoid Sharing sex toys – but if you do – wash them between use or use them with condoms