Sexually Transmitted Infections
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) are infections passed on through intimate sexual contact and they are on the increase.
STI’s can be passed on during vaginal, anal or oral sex, as well as through genital contact with an infected partner.
Common STI’s in the UK are Chlamydia, Genital Warts, Gonorrhoea and Genital Herpes. Some STI’s may not show any symptoms, but can do serious damage to the body.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which if left untreated can lead to AIDS, cannot be cured and can be fatal. Rates of HIV infection in the UK are still continuing to rise.
If you have unprotected sex (not using a male/female condom or dental dam) which includes oral sex, it’s a really good idea to go and have an STI test or full STI Screen. To get tested for STI’s you will need to visit your local Sexual Health Clinic. If you are under 25 you can also access Brook Clinic, which is a young person centred Sexual Health Clinic.
There are NHS Sexual Health Clinics across Cornwall and to find a clinic near your locality or to book an appointment call the Sexual Health Service on 01872 255044. Alternately as a young person you could contact a Brook Clinic on 01209 710088 to find clinic times and localities.
At a Sexual Health Clinic the doctor or nurse will be able to offer you a full screen for most STI’s. Please don’t be worried or nervous about visiting a clinic, as it is confidential, does not go on your medical records and you will always be treated with dignity and respect by the staff.