NHS Lanarkshire responds to rise in cases of syphilis »

… be assessed and tested.

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted by vaginal, anal and oral sex.

People with syphilis may develop a sore in the genital area or in their mouth. They may also develop a rash over their body, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. These symptoms may disappear without the person being aware of them.

If syphilis is not treated, it will progress and can cause serious damage to the heart, arteries and the nervous system.

Dr …

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Gonorrhoea »

… discharge, or discomfort when passing urine.

Men and Women

Gonorrhoea in the rectum ( anal passage) often shows no signs; but can cause constipation, pain around the anus, blood or discharge with bowel movements.

There are usually no signs of gonorrhoea in the throat.

Where can I get the test?

If you or your partner are concerned that you may have an infection you should see a doctor. Probably the quickest and best option is to go to a Integrated Sexual Health Clinic …

Combination Therapy »

… reproducing itself.  There are now six main types of drugs used to combat HIV:

Nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs).  These target an HIV protein called ‘reverse transcriptase’

Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTIs).  These also target ‘reverse transcriptase’

Nucleotide analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NtRTIs).  These also target ‘reverse transcriptase’

Protease Inhibitors (PIs).  These target the …

C Card Scheme »

… your card to a C Card centre.

Here are the choices:

EXT = Extra

Can be used for anal or vaginal sex . Supplied with lubricant.

FLA = Flavoured

Can be used for oral sex. To use on a female, carefully cut a new condom into a square.

SEN = Sensitive

A thin, extra-fine condom.

NAT = Natural

For vaginal, anal or oral sex.

LAT = Latex-free

For people with an allergy to latex or rubber.

FEM = Femidom

These go inside a …

Chlamydia »

Where does Chlamydia come from?

It can be easily passed on through Vaginal , Anal and, perhaps, Oral sex . There is no evidence to show that it can be passed on from toilet seats, sharing towels or cups. An infected mother can pass it on to her baby’s eyes and lungs at birth. It can also be spread from Genitals to eyes with your fingers. Using a condom will greatly reduce your chances of becoming infected with chlamydia.

What is Chlamydia? …

Safer Sexual Health »

… may make the condom come apart.

Do always use a water based lubricant with a condom for anal sex.  If used correctly, ‘regular thickness’ condoms and lubricant are just as safe for anal sex.

Do check your condom is on okay and change it if you have been using it for 45 minutes.  Do apply more lubricant when you change your condom.

Do use flavoured condoms only for oral sex.

Do use only one condom at a time.  Using two condoms at once won’t give you extra …

NSU »

… are infections passed from one person to another during sex.

If you are having vaginal or anal sex, condoms can help make it safer and more fun. Condoms have really changed. You can get them in all different colours, shapes and flavours. Try different kinds of condom and see which ones suit you and your partner. More and more people are now finding that condoms are easy and sexy to use. You can also get female condoms. They are called femidoms and are a tube-shape made of very …

Therapies »

… Therapy can consist of the long and involved process of self-exploration that is called psychoanalysis, but this is unlikely to be the case in most instances. More often than not, it will include elements of behaviour and cognitive therapies and psychotherapy, perhaps under the general title of Psycho-sexual or Sex Therapy. Behaviour therapy tends to target specific learned behaviours to change these with specially developed techniques such as desensitisation or relaxation. Cognitive …

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) »

… These are infections passed from one person to another during sex. If you are having vaginal or anal sex, condoms can help make it safer and more fun. Condoms have really changed. You can get them in all different colours, shapes and flavours.

You can also get female condoms. They are called femidoms and are a tube shape made out of very thin material which lines the vagina.

Syphilis »

… for years.

How is Syphilis passed on?

Syphilis can be easily spread through vaginal, anal and oral sex.  Even if you have had the infection before you can catch it again. Syphilis may also be passed on through deep kissing if the infected partner has an ulcer (chancre) in their mouth.

Syphilis can be passed on from a pregnant mother to her baby at any stage of the pregnancy . If syphilis is found during pregnancy it can be treated to prevent the infection being …

Bacterial Vaginosis »

… masturbating and body rubbing? All of these are safe and fun.

If you are having vaginal or anal sex, condoms can help make it safer and more fun. Condoms have really changed. You can get them in all different colours, shapes and flavours.

Sex toys are safe as long as you don’t share them. If you do share them, you can reduce the risk of infection by using a condom over the sex toy. But you must change the condom or wash the toy with hot soapy water each time you transfer it from …

Cystitis »

… you should always practice safer sex. This means using condoms for vaginal, anal and oral sex. Condoms have really changed. You can get them in all different colours, shapes and flavours. Enjoy sex without penetration – why not try kissing, hugging, massaging, masturbating and body rubbing? All of these are safe and fun.

Further information

Many women get cystitis: around 1 in 3 women will experience cystitis at some point in their lives.  This …

Get Rubbered »

… gay and bisexual men living in Lanarkshire who require condoms and lubricant (lube) for anal sex.  Free condoms and lube can be posted direct to your address in a discreet wrapper.  The Get Rubbered Scheme provides an alternative to the C Card Scheme for men who have sex with men who may be concerned about identifying their sexual orientation when asking for strong condoms.  The scheme is supported and part funded by NHS Lanarkshire.

To register for this scheme or to find …

Lumps, Swelling or Pain »

… by a sexually transmitted infection ( sti ). The condition may also be caused by unprotected anal sex where germs from the gut cause infection. safer sex /using condoms can stop this.

Orchitis

This is the medical term for swelling or infection in the testicle. It can also be caused by a blow or bump or flowing mumps. It is important that your doctor check this out. This condition can cause infertility.

Hernia

A hernia happens when a small part of the gut slips …

Anus and Rectum »

… this part of the anatomy is quite common and it is even possible to experience orgasm following anal penetration. Otherwise, it has been used to enhance orgasm brought on from genital stimulation. Anal sex is surprisingly common among men and women, and is not confined simply to stereotypical “ gay ” sex. One recent survey revealed that anal sex is part of 15% of heterosexual couples sex lives. It is used routinely for the pleasure to be derived from the stimulation, as …

Rape and Sexual Assault »

… Law on sexual offences into a single Act.  The Act broadens the definition of rape to include anal and oral rape of women and men, as well as vaginal rape.  Rape is defined as penetration of someone’s vagina, anus or mouth (to however small an extent) by a penis without consent or reasonable belief in consent.  The Act defines consent as free agreement and makes it clear than consent can be withdrawn at any time.  The Act also sets out an offence of sexual assault by …

Poppers »

… the feelings of sexual arousal and also act as a muscle relaxant which can be used to make anal sex easier.

It is thought that poppers can cause serious health problems if used with other drugs. In fact using poppers after taking erection drugs such as Viagra  may cause a fatal drop in blood pressure. So-called ‘recreational’ drugs such as ecstasy, speed, cocaine or crystal meth all put a strain on the heart. Taking them with poppers may  stress it even more.  Poppers …