NHS Lanarkshire responds to rise in cases of syphilis »

… as an STI ) that affects both men and women. It can be passed on easily through sex, including oral sex.

Often, there are no symptoms, so you may not know you have it.

If you do have symptoms, they may include small red ulcers/sores that appear 10 days to 6 weeks after infection. You can also have a rash, most commonly on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet and can also be over your chest, back and abdomen, which may appear up to six months after the infection.

How do …

Gonorrhoea »

… that don’t put you or your partner at risk of STIs. Always use a condom for vaginal, anal or oral sex ; or enjoy sex without penetration – like kissing, hugging, massaging, and masturbating.

How is gonorrhoea treated?

Gonorrhoea is easily treated with antibiotics, either in tablet form, or sometimes by injection. It is very important that you:

come back and see the doctor or health adviser for a follow-up visit to check the infection is completely gone

remember that your …

Oral Sex »

… and is also a risk factor for STI, such as Syphilis and Gonorrhoea.  So use a condm for Oral Sex to protect youself and your partner. There are flavoured Condoms available which have been specially designed for oral sex.

Arousal »

It is really difficult to define how people become interested in possible sexual activity and the Arousal that follows this. Different factors such as the ease, frequency and intensity of these feelings come into play. Where one step leads into another can be hard to decide. Libido is the term generally used to describe Sex drive, the urge to sexual fantasy or activity. It varies …

Other Methods of Contraception »



This method of contraception requires you to take a pill every day for 3 weeks and then have a week free. These pills contain two hormones oestrogen and progestogen .

The main method of action of these pills is to prevent you releasing an egg. If taken correctly the combined pill has a very low failure rate. Prior to being given a …

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 »

… HIV , is to practise safer sex. This means always using a condom for vaginal, anal or oral sex, or trying non- penetrative sex like massage or mutual masturbation instead.

You can also now access Chlamydia testing at a number of chemists across Lanarkshire.  To see which chemists are participating go to the Emergency Contraception Section.

NHS Health Scotland have produced an information leaflet on Chlamydia which can be accessed by going to :  …

Safer Sexual Health »

Here are a few hints and tips to help you enjoy safer sexual health.

Stay sexy, stay healthy

If you are sexually active, it’s important to look after your sexual health.  Why not book a sexual health check up at your local Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic on 0300 303 0251 (Line open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.).  You’ll get advice on looking after your sexual …

Syphilis »

**CASES OF SYPHILIS IN LANARKSHIRE ARE RISING** for more information, please see;  https://www.lanarkshirehivandhepatitis.org/syphilis/

What is it?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that affects both men and women, and it is caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum .

What happens if I have Syphilis?

Syphilis affects the body in stages, but often you …

Herpes »

… herpes virus can be passed on by contact with the affected area. This can happen during sex or oral sex. Many cases of genital herpes are also caused by the oral herpes virus ( type 1), maybe as a result of oral sex. It is not advisable to have oral sex with someone who has cold sores. There is more chance of acquiring the herpes infection when someone has a sore or has recently had a sore. However, people can also “shed” the virus from the skin at other times when they have no …

Sexual Harassment »

Any unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature can be classed as sexual harassment.

Many people spend a significant part of their lives in the workplace. Sexual relationships between work colleagues are very common, and all the information about sexual health in other sections of this website clearly apply here too. However, it is also common in the workplace, as …

I have cold sores »

Cold sores are a very common condition, caused by a type of the herpes virus .

People can contract cold sores around their mouth but also on the genitals . The vast majority of people have this type of virus in their body, having picked it up during childhood (it is passed on by skin to skin contact with someone with the virus: usually by kissing). Cold sores usually begin with a …

Unable to Orgasm (Anorgasmia) »

Unlike the great majority of men, women are theoretically capable of experiencing multiple orgasms with sufficient sexual stimulation. However, it has been estimated that only 25% of women experience orgasm with penetrative sex alone, with many others requiring additional clitoral stimulation. As many as 12% never attain orgasm, this being known as anorgasmia.

This does not stop sex …

Dysfunction Treatments »

How can erectile dysfunction be treated?

There is a wide range of effective treatments now available, each with advantages and disadvantages that have to be considered by the individual with medical advice. They include:

Change of drug usage

Where a prescription medication has been identified as a possible cause, then a change to an alternative might be an option to try. This must be …

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 , …

Prevention »

Prevention is better than cure. If you do not have one of the viruses that cause hepatitis then there are ways you can minimise the risk of contracting one. If you do have one of them then you may want to reduce the risk to those around you. Some of this section may apply to you. Please use it as a reference.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

In the UK, all pregnant women are tested for …

Sex and Ageing »

It is a well known saying that the young think they invented sex .

The trouble is, they also think they have a monopoly on all of the action too. They find it almost inconceivable, and even distasteful, that anyone over the age of 30 still has an active sex life, let alone one that may be better than theirs! Unfortunately, the television and glossy magazines encourage this opinion by only …

Anus and Rectum »

The anus leads to the sphincter (bum-hole) – the tight circle of muscle that contracts and loosens to allow the passage of faeces (poo) out of the body. The rectum is that part of the alimentary tract that leads to the anus. Both the anus and rectum can become involved in  penetrative  sexual activity.

For many people the anus and surrounding area are very sensitive and are sexually …

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 …

Learning About Sex »

The development of sexuality and emergence of our sexual selves is something that happens to everybody. Some people wrongly regard disabled people as not developing sexually in the same way as non-disabled people.

It is true that Puberty may begin a little later, or that some disabilities can affect sexual performance, but disability does not prevent sexual maturity, or remove sexual …