Sexual Health Fact Sheets

Sexual Health Fact Sheets

These fact sheets provide up to date information on many different STIs and sexual health conditions.

Common Conditions

Getting sexual health checks is a part of our health that is often overlooked. This is often due to stigma around the topic. In addition, some sexually transmitted diseases (STIs), such as Chlamydia,
may show no symptoms until it is quite advanced. Therefore, it is important that we include sexual health checks as a part of our general health assessments as it helps promote our overall health and wellbeing.

At Bluff Road medical we incorporate sexual health screenings into your general health check. We provide discreet and non-invasive tests to check your sexual health, including blood and urine tests.

Please do not hesitate to book in to discuss testing if you have any concerns.

Bacterial vaginosis fact sheet

ALSO KNOWN AS BV

Bacterial vaginosis is a bacterial infection caused by a change in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria.

This fact sheet is available courtesy of Stay STI Free

Chlamydia fact sheet

Chlamydia is a very common bacterial STI which can be passed on during sex without a condom or other barrier method.

Genital warts & HPV fact sheet

ALSO KNOWN AS HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS, GENITAL HPV

Genital warts is a common STI, caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and can be passed on by skin-to-skin contact during sex.

This fact sheet is available courtesy of Stay STI Free

Gonorrhoea fact sheet

ALSO KNOWN AS GONO

Gonorrhoea is a common STI caused by bacteria and can be passed on during sex without a condom.

Hepatitis B fact sheet

ALSO KNOWN AS HEP B

Hepatitis B is a viral infection which can be passed on during sex without a condom or by sharing unsterile injecting equipment with someone who has Hep B.

This fact sheet is available courtesy of Stay STI Free

Hepatitis C fact sheet

ALSO KNOWN AS HEP C

Hepatitis C is a viral infection which is passed on by the blood from a person with Hep C entering another person’s bloodstream, usually through sharing injecting drug equipment.

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Herpes fact sheet

ALSO KNOWN AS HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS, HSV, COLD SORE

Herpes is a common STI, caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and can be passed on by skin-to-skin contact during sexual contact.

This fact sheet is available courtesy of Stay STI Free

HIV fact sheet

ALSO KNOWN AS HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS, HIV/AIDS

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the immune system which makes it difficult for the body to fight infections. HIV can be passed on through the bodily fluids (such as blood, semen, vaginal fluid and anal fluid) of a person who has HIV with a detectable viral load, usually by having sex without a condom or sharing injecting equipment.

Syphilis fact sheet

Syphilis is a bacterial STI and can be passed on through skin-to skin contact.

Trichomonas fact sheet

ALSO KNOWN AS TRICH

Trichomonas is an infection of the genitals and can be passed on during sex without a condom.

This fact sheet is available courtesy of Stay STI Free

Urethritis fact sheet

Urethritis is the term used to describe inflammation in the urethra.

This fact sheet is available courtesy of Stay STI Free

Urinary tract infections fact sheet

ALSO KNOWN AS UTIS

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by microorganisms (usually bacteria) which can cause an infection in the bladder and other parts of the urinary tract (such as the kidneys).

This fact sheet is available courtesy of Stay STI Free

Pelvic inflammatory disease fact sheet

ALSO KNOWN AS PID

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is inflammation or infection of the reproductive system in the pelvis. PID can be caused by STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and mycoplasma genitalium. PID only affects people with a vagina and uterus.

This fact sheet is available courtesy of Stay STI Free