An STI is an infection that can be passed from one person to another, usually through sexual contact such as unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, by genital contact and through sharing sex toys. Sometimes these infections can be transmitted in ways other than sex, for example - during pregnancy or childbirth, or through blood transfusions or shared needles. It is possible to contract an STI and be unaware, as STIs don't always cause symptoms. That’s why regular testing and practising safe sex is super important, to make sure you’re keeping yourself and your sexual partners safe from any potential infections.
There is a lot of stigma and embarrassment surrounding STIs, but it’s important not to let that stop you from taking responsibility for your sexual health. Having an STI doesn’t mean that you’ve done anything wrong, or that you are unhygienic or dirty- they are very common, and usually very treatable.
You can find more information in the drop-downs below about specific STIs, and click the button to order a home STI Kit which can test for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV and Syphilis. For testing for other STIs, visit your GP or find a sexual health clinic here.
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Gonorrhoea is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection.
Trichomonas is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a tiny organism called Trichomonas vaginalis.
Genital herpes is caused by a virus called herpes simplex (HSV)
Genital warts are a common STI caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Pubic lice are tiny parasitic insects that live in coarse body hair, such as pubic hair.
Scabies is a common and highly contagious skin disease caused by tiny mites that burrow into the skin and lay eggs.
Syphilis is an STI caused by a bacterium.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that damages white blood cells within your immune system.
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