+ Sexually Transmitted Infections
Common STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital warts, genital herpes, HPV and trichomoniasis. Less common but serious STIs include HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B.
Symptoms that may indicate an STI in men include (but aren't limited to) testicular pain, penile discharge, pain on passing urine, pain when having intercourse, and physical signs such as warts or ulcers. Women may experience a change in vaginal discharge (more discharge or an odor), bleeding in between periods or after sex, pain after passing urine or when having intercourse, lower abdominal pain, or physical signs like warts or ulcers.
It is very important to note, however, that many individuals will have no signs or symptoms at all, or not experience symptoms until the disease is very advanced (such as for HIV, syphilis, HPV, and pelvic inflammatory disease, which can be caused by chlamydia or gonorrhoea).
How we can help
We can offer confidential testing for common and serious STIs and offer appropriate treatment. You may want testing if you have a specific symptom or sign that worries you, or simply for peace of mind (anyone who has ever had unprotected sex could carry an STI without knowing it.)
+ Bacterial Vaginosis
What is it?
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common condition in which the balance of bacteria inside the vagina becomes disrupted. BV does not usually cause any vaginal soreness or itching, but it often causes abnormal vaginal discharge. If you have the condition, your discharge may: have a strong fishy smell, become white or grey in colour. BV is not serious for the vast majority of women, although it may be a concern if symptoms of BV develop in pregnancy and you have a history of pregnancy-related complications. Bacterial vaginosis can also increase your risk of getting some STIs.
How we can help
BV can usually be treated using a short course of antibiotics.