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Sexual Health For Men

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections

    Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that are passed on from an infected partner(s) during unprotected sex (vaginal, anal and oral). They are caused by specific bacteria and viruses. In some cases, you may be at risk even if you don’t have full sex. Kissing and touching each other’s genitals may pass on some STIs.

    There are at least 25 different types of STIs. All of them are serious but most are completely treatable. They can however, cause long term problems if they aren't diagnosed and treated properly. If you are having sex you should have regular check ups for sexually transmitted infections. The most common STIs in Ireland are genital warts, non-specific urethritis (NSU) and chlamydia. 

    Who can catch an STI infection?

    Most STIs or STDs are infections that pass from person to person through sexual activity without protection (those super handy condoms again!). It is possible to catch an STI from vaginal, anal and oral sex or from touching each other’s genitals or mutual masturbation. Having unprotected sex even ONCE can put you at risk of getting an STI

     

    How can I tell if I have an STI (sexually transmissible infection)?

    Remember, if you are infected with an STI you may not develop any symptoms at all. An STI screening is the only way to diagnose any of these infections.

    However STIs can produce a wide range of symptoms including: 

     

    • Discharge from your penis or anus 
    • Pain when passing urine 
    • Discomfort or pain in the penis or anus 
    • Blood in urine or feces
    • Swollen balls (testicles)
    • Sores (ulcers/blisters) or growths on or around your penis, vagina or anus
    • Rashes
    • Itching or irritation in the vagina, penis or anus
    • Sores/ulcers/blisters in or around the mouth
    • Inflamed and swollen lymph glands in the groin 
    • Swollen lymph glands in the armpit or neck
    • Sore Throat
    • Fever and feeling ill

     

    If you notice any of these symptoms or you feel you may have been infected you should contact your STI clinic or doctor immediately. The sooner the infections are treated the less chance there is of infecting others or of serious health problems later in life.

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