Terrence Higgins Trust launches two new rapid HIV testing clinics in Lanarkshire »

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland is to expland its network of rapid HIV testing clinics to include two locations in Lanarkshire.

The new sessions will run every Tuesday in Cumbernauld and every Thursday in East Kilbride. 

The Cumbernauld clinic will begin on Tuesday 28th January at Cumbernauld Health Centre, North Carbrain Road and will run from 5.00 p.m. to …

NHS Lanarkshire responds to rise in cases of syphilis »

… “Because of this increase, we are reinforcing the importance of getting tested and practising safer sex using a condom and, where appropriate, lubricant.”

During 2012, a total of 17 cases of syphilis were diagnosed by the NHS Lanarkshire Sexual Health Service. From 1 January to 24 June 2013, there have been 19 new cases.

Although the overall numbers of cases in Lanarkshire are typically lower than in some areas of Scotland, additional action is being taken due to the recent …

Safer Sex »

We know all the reasons why it’s a good idea to have Safer sex , but how do you do it?

There’s lots of things that you can do to get sexual pleasure with yourself or your partner. You can use your tongue or your mouth or fingers to stimulate you or your partner’s body. And not just sexual parts either. You see, the whole human body has lots of sensitive nerve endings under the skin, and …

Gonorrhoea »

… it be prevented?

The best way to prevent any sexually-transmitted infections is to practise safer sex. This means giving and getting pleasure in ways 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 …

Infections »

Men and women continue to experience all manner of Infections  throughout their lives which have an impact on their sexual health. Some of these are Sexually Transmitted Infections ( STIs ) and some are not (Non STIs).

Society at large tends to make the assumption that sexuality and associated sexual health is the prerogative of the young. Apart from being mistaken, this presumption …

Cervical Cancer »

… and should be carried out at 3 yearly intervals thereafter, until the age of 60.

By practicing safer sex to prevent infections which increase your risk as well as affecting your health in other ways. An explanation of safer sex is to be found in more detail in this site under What is Sexual Health. If you smoke, it will help if you stop or reduce the activity. This will improve your health.

Chlamydia »

… The best way to prevent all sexually acquired infections, including 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 …

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 health and you can access free condoms if you want …

NSU »

… NSU be prevented?

The best way to stay free from sexually-transmitted infections is to practise safer sex  and have regular sexual health MOTs. If you have any questions about your sexual health, contact a Integrated Sexual Health Clinic (formerly Genito-urinary GUM) or your family doctor or read the other sections in this website (available from NHS Lanarkshire).

Safer Sex

Safer sex means protecting you and your partner from sexually transmitted infections. These are infections …

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) »

… this procedure the doctor will be able to decide on how best to proceed with your treatment.

Safer Sex

Safer sex means protecting you and your partner from sexually transmitted infections. 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 …

Syphilis »

… infection?

The best way to stay free from sexually transmitted infections is to practice safer sex. HIV is a sexually transmitted infection and having 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 …

How do I talk to my partner? »

Some people find it hard to talk about Sex , or Safer sex and Condoms . It’s important to choose a time when you and your partner are both relaxed. Remember, it’s very difficult to talk about safer sex when you are drunk, tired or already in the mood.

Be honest about what you want, and talk about how you can stay sexy and healthy. See the safer sex section of this website.

If someone in a relationship discovers that they have a …

Bacterial Vaginosis »

… stay sexy and healthy

Using condoms or having non penetrative sex is the best way to have safer sex. This means giving and getting pleasure in ways that don’t put you or your partner at risk of STIs.

Enjoy sex without penetration – why not try kissing, hugging, stroking, massaging, 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 …

Cystitis »

… Stay sexy and healthy Although cystitis is not sexually-transmitted, 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 …

Thrush »

… person to another during sex and these are called sexually-transmitted infections (STIs). Having safer sex is the best way to protect yourself and your partner from STI’s.

NHS Health Scotland have produced a leaflet on Vaginal Health which gives more information on Thrush and this is available in several different languages.  To access the leaflet go to:    http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/3419.aspx  

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.

Breastfeeding

Theoretically, there is a risk of passing hepatitis C if the …

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 …

Condoms! »

… the wrong kind of condom for the kind of sex they are having.

But there is a lot more to safer sex than using condoms, and a lot more to sex than penetration !

Contraception is the name for methods that people use so that when they have sex they will not become pregnant eg the pill, the jag, the rod (implant).

Most forms of contraception only prevent pregnancy and do not protect against sexually transmitted infections.

Most forms of contraception have to be used by …

Young Women »

… what you want from a relationship and if you feel ready to have sex and what you can do to have safer sex.

If you’re seeing someone or thinking about it why not go to one of the services listed here and get some advice.  This might be about relationships or advice about the right kind of contraception for you.

They won’t be:

Judging you

Thinking that you’re stupid or silly

Thinking you’re “easy”

 

They will be:

Welcoming

Confidential

Offering you …

Lumps, Swelling or Pain »

… 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 through the abdominal wall and into the scrotum. Straining …

Anus and Rectum »

… aware of the dangers involved upon becoming infected, and take the precautions outlined in the Safer Sex section of the site. It is safer to use a condom for penetrative anal sex, one that is designed to be strong enough for this activity like Durex Ultra Strong, Mates Super Strong or HT Specials. These work better with a water-based lubricant like K-Y Jelly, Liquid Silk or Aquagel. Oil based lubricants seriously damage most condoms and can only be used with PVC condoms like Durex …

Prostitution »

Prostitution means exchanging sexual acts for some form of payment such as money, drinks, drugs, consumer goods, or a bed or roof over your head for a night.  It can be carried out on the street, or in a house or other venue, such as hotel rooms.

Prostitution is not typically a free choice - most people enter prostitution because of lack of choice and it can affect men, women and …

Hearing Impairment »

It is important to remember that the world around us is set up for hearing people. It is easy to take for granted all the unconscious information that is received and processed through hearing.

It is also easy to take for granted how people access information, services and support; all by communicating with spoken language.

Although many of the sexual health issues faced by people who are …

Physical Disability »

… builds greater understanding of needs and desires. Guide your partner(s) and be guided by them. Safer sex is equally important for disabled and non-disabled people, and other sections of this website give more detailed information about how to stay safer, happy and healthy.

Refer to this website for more info: www.disabilitynow.org.uk

Disability Rights »

Disabled people have the same right (as non-disabled people) to be treated as equal individuals in all areas of life. This includes the acceptance of their sexuality, their right to acknowledge and develop their sexual being; and acceptance as a sexual being in the wider community of disabled and non-disabled people.

Every person has the right to express his or her sexuality. This includes …

Alcohol & Sexual Health »

Alcohol is the most commonly used drug. It is legal and freely available to people over 18. However we need to be realistic and admit that many young people under the age of 18 also use alcohol.    

Using alcohol makes people relaxed and lowers their inhibitions . Some people feel more confident, others feel more outrageous. People tend to behave differently under the influence of …

Illicit Drugs »

… and more sexual.  Being aware of this and having condoms ready can make it easier to practice safer sex.

Stimulants

Drugs like Speed and Cocaine can make people more confident, chatty and outgoing.  Ecstasy, especially, can lead to temporary feelings of loving everyone around you.  At these times some people are more likely to want to have sex.  Again, staying sexy and healthy can be made easier by being prepared.  When using drugs, it is still possible to talk about and have the …

Prescription Drugs »

… is not prescribed to you, there is a chance that you might take more risks or forget to practice safer sex.

Tranquillizers and medicines that are used to help you sleep or reduce anxiety are often abused or taken with other substances such as alcohol or recreational drugs.  When taken in this way these drugs can be particularly dangerous as there is a risk of overdose and you are more likely to do something that you wouldn’t normally do.  Some of these drugs are often referred to as …