STIs (sexually transmitted infections)

Could you have an STI (sexually transmitted infection)?

Many people don't get symptoms with a sexually transmitted infection, but there are danger signs you might notice.

At risk of HIV? Get tested now

It's important to get tested for HIV so you can start treatment at the right time if you're HIV positive.

Coping with a positive HIV test

Find out how to cope if you test positive for HIV and where to go for help.

Can oral sex give you cancer?

Discover the link between oral sex, HPV viruses and cancer. Plus how to have safer oral sex.

Visiting an STI clinic

What to expect at an STI clinic, including tests, treatment, and the questions you may be asked.

Sex activities and risk

The risks of getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through various sex activities, including oral and anal sex.

Sexual health FAQs

A sexual health expert answers questions on infections, discharge, itching, smells and anal sex.

HIV: the facts

HIV in the UK, including who's at risk, how to protect yourself and where to get tests and treatment.

How to keep a penis clean

Find out how to keep your penis and testicles clean, healthy and fit for purpose.

Keeping your vagina clean and healthy

Find out about keeping your vagina clean and healthy without using a douche, scented wipes or perfume.

What if my partner won't use condoms?

Some people think it's acceptable to pressure their partner into having sex without a condom. It's not. Find out how to respond to common condom excuses.

Why get tested?

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed STI among under-25s. Often there are no symptoms, but testing and treatment are simple.

If you need help now

Where to get sexual health help urgently, including advice after sexual assault and forgetting to take the pill.

Talking about sex

Find articles and videos on why sex is worth talking about. Includes how to talk to your partner, child or teen, about growing up, contraception, pregnancy and STIs.

Sex and young people

Answers to sex FAQs, including saying no, what to do if a condom splits, being gay and more.

Genital herpes: Marian's story

Marian contracted herpes from her boyfriend. She talks about the symptoms, how it can be treated, and the issue of discussing herpes with your partner.

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Media last reviewed: 27/01/2018

Next review due: 27/01/2021

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