Sexual Health

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually transmitted infections are increasingly common, especially amongst young men and women aged between 16 and 24. Sexually transmitted infections are passed through unprotected sexual intercourse and intimate sexual contact.

Should I get tested?

You should get tested if you have had unprotected sex or are thinking of having unprotected sex with a long-term partner (they should also be tested).

Where can I get tested?

STI tests can be done at your GP surgery, at community contraceptive clinics and at GUM clinics (genitourinary medicine). Tests are free and are usually quick and relatively painless.

What does the test involve?

The test usually involves an examination of your genital areas, a urine sample and a swab test; if you display some of the symptoms of an infection, you may have further examinations.

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