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Sexually Transmitted infections (STIs) are diseases passed on from one person to another through vaginal, anal or oral sex, as well as through genital contact with an infected partner.
Common STIs in the UK include Chlamydia, genital warts, genital herpes and gonorrhoea. The sooner an STI is treated, the less long term damage will be caused. Many people do not have any symptoms of an STI, so if you think that you might be at risk of having an infection, then please arrange testing.
Details of all Sexual health Services in York and North Yorkshire can be found on the YorSexualHealth website below:
Chlamydia is the most common curable (STI) in the UK. The bacteria that cause chlamydia are found in the semen, vaginal fluids and saliva of people who have the infection. Chlamydia is easily passed from one person to another through unprotected sex (not using a condom) and through oral sex.
If chlamydia is not treated it can cause pain in the pelvis, infertility (being unable to have children) and ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in the fallopian tubes). This risk is increased if you get the infection again and again.
Most people with chlamydia infection don't get any symptoms. If you do get symptoms you might notice
- unusual vaginal discharge
- pain when weeing or having sex
- bleeding after sex or between periods
- pelvic pain (pain in the lower part of the stomach) or painful testicles
If you have any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor or a nurse even if you have tested negative for chlamydia before as you may have a different infection.
Testing for chlamydia is very simple and you do not need to be examined; you can either provide a wee sample, or women can do a self-taken vaginal swab. We also have postal testing kits in the surgery for under 25's, so please ask if you would like one.
If you diagnosed with having chlamydia then it can be easily treated with special antibiotics.
Genital warts are the second most common STI in the UK. They often look like small fleshy growths, bumps or skin changes that appear on or around the genital or anal area.
Genital warts are usually painless and people carry the virus without having any symptoms.
The most common places for genital warts to develop in women are:
- in and around the vagina, between the vagina and the anus
The most common places for genital warts to develop in men are:
- on the shaft of the penis
- around the anus or scrotum
There isn't a specific test for genital warts. If you think you might have genital warts then please make an appointment at the surgery, or contact the local sexual health clinic (https://www.yorsexualhealth.org.uk/)
There are several ways to treat genital warts, including a treatment that you can use at home.