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.
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
- 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.