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Sexual Health services in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

STIs

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are spread by sex (anal, oral and vaginal), and in some cases, by non-penetrative sexual contact (such as sharing sex toys, sexual touching, close skin-to-skin contact).

Some are easy to get rid of and some you can’t get rid of but you can get treatment.

Using condoms and dental dams can help to protect you against STIs. Take a look at BASHH’s safer sex advice for more information on how to protect yourself against STIs.

CHLAMYDIA

Symptoms: No symptoms, pain when weeing, bleeding between periods or after sex
Test: A urine sample or swab
Treatment: Easily treated with antibiotic tablets

Read more about chlamydia on the nhs.uk website

GONORRHOEA

Symptoms: No symptoms, discharge from tip of the penis, yellow/green discharge from vagina, bleeding between periods
Test: A urine sample or swab
Treatment: Easily treated with an injection

Read more about gonorrhoea on the nhs.uk website

SYPHILIS

Symptoms: No symptoms, small, painless sore around genitals, rash on palms of hands and soles of feet, swollen glands or a flu-like illness
Test: A blood sample
Treatment: Usually treated by an injection in the bum cheek

Read more about syphilis on the nhs.uk website

HIV

Symptoms: Flu-like illness a few weeks after infection
Test: A fingerprick test or a blood sample, depending where you go for the test
Treatment: There is no cure but HIV can be treated and controlled with antiretroviral drugs. If you’re on effective treatment you can expect to lead a normal life and can’t pass on HIV to anyone else.

Read more about HIV on the nhs.uk website

Read more about how to prevent HIV (including PrEP and PEP) on tht.org.uk

GENITAL WARTS

Symptoms: Lumps, bumps or growths around genital/anal area
Test: Doctor/nurse will look at affected area
Treatment: Treatment is available to get rid of the warts, like using a cream or freezing them off. The treatment does not get rid of the virus which causes warts, but your own immune system can often cure you of the virus.

Read more about genital warts on the nhs.uk website

GENITAL HERPES

Symptoms: Blisters, sores around the genital/anal area
Test: Doctor/nurse will look at affected area and run a swab over any sores
Treatment: There is no cure but you can ease symptoms and stop the virus from multiplying with anti-viral tablets.

Read more about genital herpes on the nhs.uk website

OTHER INFECTIONS

Some other infections and conditions can cause similar symptoms to STIs. These can include thrush, bacterial vaginosis and genital dermatology conditions (things like dry skin or rashes around your genitals). If you think your infection is not sexually transmitted (e.g. you’re not sexually active), we recommend visiting a pharmacy or your GP in the first instance as we may not be able to treat you.

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