If you're 16-24, you're more at risk of getting an STI

  • You don't need to have sex with lots of people to get an STI
  • Many STIs are symptomless and, if left untreated, can cause long-term health problems
  • STIs like gonorrhoea are becoming harder to treat or may not be treatable at all
  • 59% of people who got chlamydia or gonorrhoea in 2016 were aged 16-24

How to use a condom

Did you know there are two types of condoms and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes? You'll find everything you need to know about using condoms at Sexwise.

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About STIs

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial STI. Lots of people with gonorrhoea don't have any obvious symptoms and, if left untreated, it can cause serious health problems. To get clued up on the signs and symptoms, treatments and what to do if you're worried you might have gonorrhoea visit Sexwise.

Chlamydia is a bacterial STI. Most people with chlamydia either have no symptoms or very mild ones. For information on the signs and symptoms, and advice on how to protect yourself and others from getting chlamydia visit Sexwise.

Syphilis is a bacterial infection and a very serious STI that can cause major long-term problems if left untreated. The symptoms of syphilis can be difficult to recognise, and some people won't have any. For the signs and symptoms, what to do if you're worried you might have the infection and advice on how to protect yourself visit Sexwise.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common viral infection that causes genital warts. However, you can have HPV without having visible warts. For all the signs and symptoms, and advice on how to protect yourself and your partners visit Sexwise.

Genital herpes causes painful blisters on and around the genitals. It can easily be passed from one person to another. Some people get symptoms 2-14 days after infection. In others, it can take weeks, months or years. For the signs and symptoms, and what you can do if you're worried you might have genital herpes visit Sexwise.

Getting tested

Sexual health clinics can provide free and confidential testing for STIs. They can also give you advice on how to best protect each other against STIs.

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