NHS Lanarkshire responds to rise in cases of syphilis »

NHS Lanarkshire is responding to a rise in the number of cases of syphilis diagnosed by its Sexual Health Service.

Health staff are urging people who think they may be at risk to get tested for syphilis.

NHS Lanarkshire is working jointly with Health Protection Scotland, Terrence Higgins Trust, Waverley Care and North and South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnerships to address the …

Use of Cookies »

NHS Lanarkshire Sexual Health website uses cookies to provide a service finder function for users and to allow us to track visitor numbers, how they use our site and which pages they visit.

This means that you will receive cookies by visiting our site – providing your browser is set to allow them.  You can choose to prevent your browser accepting cookies from our site by changing your …

Gonorrhoea »

What is Gonorrhoea ?

Gonorrhoea is a sexually-transmitted infection that affects both men and women. It is also an infection that is becoming increasingly common. It is caused by a bacteria (neisseria gonorrhoea) and can create problems in the penis , vagina and anus. It can also be caught and passed on by the throat from unprotected oral sex with an infected partner.

How do I know …

C Card Scheme »

The ‘Free Condoms No Fuss’, C Card Scheme provides condoms and lubricant to anyone living, working or studying in Lanarkshire.

Condoms can help prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and can also help protect against unintended pregnancy .

Here are some frequently asked questions on what the scheme is about and how to use it.

Where do I get my …

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 …

Safer Sexual Health »

… 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 protection; the condoms are more likely to slip off or break.

Do remove your condom once used, …


What do the different names mean?

NSU stands for non-specific urethritis. It is also called non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) and non-specific genital infection (NSGI). All the different names mean the same thing. In about half of the cases of NSU/NGU, the infection is caused by a bacteria called chlamydia . If you are confused already – don’t worry, read on and everything will become …

Therapies »

When the underlying cause of sexual dysfunction is found to be physical, then your doctor will provide the required treatment or arrange specialist involvement for this purpose. This will also be the case when the underlying cause is decided to be psychological, or there are significant psychological effects resulting from a dysfunction.

A thorough medical examination is usually made, if …

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) »

What is pelvic inflammatory disease ?

Pelvic inflammatory disease (Pelvic inflammatory disease ( PID )) is usually the result of infection which moves up into the womb and tubes, from lower down in the female sex organs ( genital tract).

What causes Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)?

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) may occur either from bacteria which are already present in …

Syphilis »

… makes it easier for HIV to be transmitted. Syphilis can be passed on through oral, vaginal and anal sex. Using a condom or dental dam will reduce the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection. Syphilis sores are very infectious and can sometimes be on areas not covered by the condoms, or be hidden in the vagina, rectum or mouth, so take care. It is important to attend for regular sexual health checks so that infections can be picked up and treated early.

How common is …

Bacterial Vaginosis »

What is it?

The normal, healthy vagina contains some “friendly” bacteria. In bacterial vaginosis, these “friendly” bacteria are replaced by different bacteria called ‘anaerobic bacteria’.


Are there any other names for it?

Bacterial vaginosis is also called anaerobic vaginosis, or just BV.

Is it common?

Yes, many women have bacterial vaginosis at some time in …

Cystitis »

What is it? Cystitis is quite common among women, and it means an inflammation of the bladder and the urethra (tube that takes urine from the bladder). It is unusual for men or children to have cystitis, and they should see a doctor if they do. What causes it? It is often caused by germs from the anus getting round to the vagina and up the urethra. This can happen during sex , …

Get Rubbered »

This is a free confidential scheme run by  Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) Scotland (formerly PHACE Scotland). 

It is a postal service for 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 …

Lumps, Swelling or Pain »

There may be different reasons why men and boys experience lumps, swelling or pain around the testicles . These symptoms should be reported to your doctor who can check why this is happening and make sure more serious conditions are treated early.


The small tubes that attach to the testicles are called the epididymus. Sometimes these become painful or swollen because of an …

Anus and Rectum »

… 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 part of sexual experimentation, or where vaginal penetrative sex is unsatisfactory to either partner. It has even been used as an alternative to vaginal sex to prevent conception.

The anus may be stimulated or penetrated by fingers, penis, tongue, …

Rape and Sexual Assault »

Many people are put in the position of experiencing unwanted sexual contact or are forced in some way into sexual acts.

It is never the fault of the person who is being abused.

If consent is not given, then anyone subjecting another person to any form of indecent behaviour is committing a crime.

It is a criminal offence to touch or threaten a person in an indecent way (including …

Poppers »

… headaches, sores around the mouth and nose and compulsive dependency.

When using poppers during anal sex they make the blood vessels inside a man’s (or woman’s) anus expand or bleed. This can make it more likely for  HIV  to be passed on if a negative person uses poppers while having sex with a man with HIV (The negative person is more at risk if being penetrated).

Poppers are highly flammable.