If you think that you may have recently contracted an STI, you should take action immediately. This will help to reduce your chance of passing the infection on, and it could also decrease your chances of experiencing any health problems.
Common STIs in the UK
Sexually transmitted infections are passed through unprotected sex or even genital contact. Some STIs can also be passed on through oral or anal sex.
Chlamydia is the most common STI. Other STIs seen in the UK include genital herpes, genital warts, pubic lice, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV.
The first thing that you should do is go to your local sexual health clinic or GP to get tested. You can also visit a GUM clinic if there is one in your area. When you arrive, you will be tested for STIs, and you may need to provide a urine or blood sample.
If you think that you have chlamydia, you can also order an at home testing kit so that you can get tested. This is more convenient than going to a clinic, so it is ideal for busy working professionals who don’t have much time. If you want to order London Home STI kits, find out more at sites like https://www.bexleysexualhealth.org/chlamydia_screening/.
Try not to worry too much about your results. Most STIs can easily be treated, but it is vital to get checked out as soon as you can.
You should go to your local sexual health clinic if you have any STI symptoms. For men, this could include pain in your testicles or discharge from your penis. For women, symptoms include discharge that smells, green or yellow discharge, or pain in your lower abdomen. You should also go to the clinic if you bleed when you are not having your period or if you experience pain during sex.
Symptoms that both men and women can experience include itching or burning around the genitals, blisters or sore around the genitals, and pain when trying to pass urine.
However, many people don’t experience any symptoms at all. Even if you don’t have symptoms, you may still need to get checked. You should get tested if you have had unprotected sex with someone new or you or your partner have had unprotected sex with someone else.