STIs - What can I catch?

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)are infections that can be caught or passed on when you have sex or close sexual contact with another person. 

Some STIs have symptoms or signs, but some don't have any at all and if you leave them untreated they can cause serious health issues in the future.

If you are having sex with someone new you may be more at risk. You don’t need to have sex with lots of different people to get an STI, just one who is infected.

The best way to avoid STIs is to use a condom EVERY time you have sex and luckily, condoms are free with the condom distribution scheme.

The good thing is that most infections are really easily sorted out, BUT the only way to be sure you don’t have an infection is to have a check-up. All you have to do is is come to the Sexual Health Clinic  at St Mary's during one of the drop-in clinics or phone up for an appointment. If you’re feeling nervous or unsure, just phone us on (01983 534202) and ask to speak with a nurse. DON'T worry about phone credit, we can call you straight back and DON'T be shy. The Nurses in the clinic are really cool and deal with this sort of stuff all the time.  Everything is completely confidential- we don't tell anyone else and if you need any treatment it will be absolutely free.

Sometimes you may notice changes and these are the things to look out for:

  • Bleeding after sex.
  • Bleeding between your periods or having more than one period a month. 
  • Pain during or after sex. 
  • A change to the normal discharge from your vagina (fanny). 
  • Pain or soreness when you wee.
  • Discharge from your penis (willy). 
  • Discharge or bleeding from your bottom.  
  • Pain in your tummy, balls or bottom. 
  • Lumps, bumps, sores, rashes or blisters around your vulva (fanny), penis  (willy) or bottom.

If you have ANY of these symptoms (signs) phone us ASAP!!!

No symptoms- no worries? NO way!

Many people only find out they have a STI after having a check-up, especially girls who often have no symptoms at all. If you’ve had any kind of unprotected sex  come and see us.  We're here to help and the sooner you get treated the sooner you can stop worrying.

Click on the link above to find out more about visiting the Sexual Health clinic and to watch a short video clip.