STI's - The lowdown
By Dr Rob Hicks
‘VD, STD or STI (sexually transmitted disease / infection), even ‘a dose of something’ – whatever you call it there’s a lot of it about. In 2009 there were 482,696 new STI diagnoses in the UK, continuing the steady upward trend. On the increase are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes, and showing a very small, but welcome, decrease, are genital warts and syphilis.
Symptoms of STI's
Now here are some facts.
- If you have had sex with a stranger or someone whose sexual history you are not 100% sure about, you may have caught something – it’s that simple.
- You don’t need to have symptoms to justify a check-up with your GP or at the local GUM (genito-urinary medicine) clinic.
- Practising safer sex with condoms protects against these infections and the hassle and risks they bring.
- Sex is fun and good for your physical and emotional health – when it’s done well, and of course, safely.
STIs can be caught though vaginal, anal and oral sex.
The most common STIs in the UK are chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea.
In 2009 there were 482,696 new STI diagnoses in the UK.
You can be tested for many STIs very quickly at GUM clinics and other sexual health centres, and for some infections home tests and even postal tests are available.
Many STIs can go undetected, the only way to be sure is to get tested if you have had sex with someone you are not 100% sure is not infected.
Although some spermicides offer some protection against STIs, the only form of contraception that is recommended to prevent infection is the condom.
One in four people will have an STI at some point during their life.
Crisis pregnancy help
Please see further information on the pages below:
- Abortion - the full story
- Abortion - the right to chose
- Why might women consider abortion?
- What is abortion and what are my treatment options?
- Unplanned pregnancy - The alternatives to abortion
- Crisis pregnancy and abortion - real life experiences
- Further help and information for those considering abortion
- Post abortion stress
- Mental health worker sacked after asking for better abortion awareness