Doing It Right – Top 5 STIs
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Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection passed through unprotected sex; vaginal, anal and oral.
Symptoms: you might notice a white, green or yellow discharge.
You might need to pee more often.
You may notice you have pain when you pee.
Girls, your period might last for longer, or be heavier and more painful than usual.
Men, you might experience painful testicles.
Treatment: a single dose of antibiotics.
If it's left untreated though, it can cause infertility.
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the UK.
It's passed on through unprotected sex, vaginal, anal or oral sex.
Symptoms: both men and women may find it painful when they pee,
both men and women may experience discharge from their vagina or penis.
One of the most important things about Chlamydia is that lots of people get no symptoms.
Half of men and 80% of women with Chlamydia don't know they have it and show no symptoms.
Treatment: Chlamydia is usually easy to treat, it takes a single dose of antibiotics.
If it's not treated, it can cause lasting problems such as infertility.
Herpes is a viral infection passed through unprotected sex; vaginal, anal or oral.
Symptoms: tingling or itching around the genital area,
followed by painful blisters which can appear around the mouth.
Other symptoms include flu-like symptoms, headache, backache,
temperature, and pain when passing urine.
Treatment: there is no treatment, although you can be given a drug,
which can help with the first episode and any episodes after that.
Otherwise, you have to learn how to manage it.
Genital warts is a virus, passed through unprotected sex; anal, oral and vaginal.
Symptoms: warts can take a long time to develop and are not always visible,
but look out for tiny lumps or bumps in and around the vagina, anus and penis.
Genital warts can be treated by applying special ointments and paints,
freezing off the genital warts, or having them surgically removed under local anaesthetic.
HIV is a virus, passed from person to person through blood, vaginal fluids and sperm.
It's commonly passed on through anal, vaginal and sometimes even oral sex.
Symptoms: the most common signs are a fever, a rash and a sore throat all at the same time.
HIV treatment: there is no treatment. It's preventable but not curable.
HIV can be managed by taken a combination of anti viral drugs every day for life.
It's important to remember, no matter what your sexual orientation,
gay, lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual – you can catch a sexually transmitted infection.