Where can I get information on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)?
This section of the website provides information about some of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) experienced by gay and bisexual men. Not everyone will experience symptoms when they have an STI. You may have no obvious symptoms, maybe some mild symptoms or even some severe symptoms. The best way to prevent HIV is by using condoms and lube for anal sex although condoms will not always prevent you getting some of the STIs listed below. So, even without symptoms, you may still have an STI and still be able to pass it on. Only by getting yourself checked out will you know. If you think you might have an STI, get a check up at Steve Retson Project or Sandyford. Click Services for check up options.
How are STIs passed on?
Sexually transmitted infections are infections that are passed on by close body contact, or the exchange of body fluids like saliva, semen (pre-cum and cum), anal mucus or blood.
Higher risk for STIs
Lower risk for STIs
The following are very low risk but some infections that can be passed on in this way
Practicing safer sex and having regular check ups are ways to ensure you enjoy healthy, fulfilling and enjoyable sex throughout your life.
How often should I get checked?
If you're sexually active, especially if you're having sex with multiple partners, you should have regular check ups for STIs every 6 months. Even if you have no symptoms you could still have an STI and the only way to know is to go for a check up. If you're in any type of new relationship, it's a good time for you and your partner to get a check-up. You or your partner may have picked up an STI from a previous partner. Regular testing is also recommended if you're having sex outside the relationship.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of STIs?
If you have any of these symptoms, you should arrange to get a check up straight away at Steve Retson Project, or any Sandyford service.
What STIs do I need to know about?
Where can I get help?
If you think you might have an STI, get a check up at Steve Retson Project or a Sandyford sexual health service. Click on the services link for check up options.
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