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Sexually transmitted infections

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

If you experience any of the following you should seek advice at a sexual health clinic:

  • unusual discharge from the vagina or penis
  • pain passing urine
  • itches/rashes/bumps around the genitals or anus
  • bleeding between periods
  • bleeding after sex
  • pain in the testicles or lower abdomen.

Some STIs don’t have obvious visible signs, so it’s also a good idea to seek advice if:

  • you’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner recently
  • you or a partner have sex with other people without using condoms
  • a sexual partner has any symptoms
  • you’re planning a pregnancy.

More information about STIs

You can get information about the different STIs and their symptoms and effects here: