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Gay and bisexual men having regular sex should get tested every 3 months

If you have ever injected drugs (including performance or image enhancing drugs) you may have been at risk of hepatitis C

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Once you know about an infection, treatment means you can do something about it

Today in Scotland a person living with HIV …

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Don’t get caught out, get checked out. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that can have serious long term effects on your health. For more information, visit www.lanarkshire.org or to make an appointment to get checked out call 0300 303 0251

Postal Testing Kits for Chlamydia – temporary removal of service »

… for Chlamydia until further notice.  Should you wish to be tested for Chlamydia or any other sexually transmitted infection, we would ask that you click here where you can access all Sexual Health Services across Lanarkshire (please note there are some clinics across Lanarkshire which offer drop in services) or alternatively you can phone our Appointment Line on 0845 618 7191 (lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.).  We apologise for any inconvenience that this may …

NHS Lanarkshire responds to rise in cases of syphilis »

… a blood test, to make sure you are not putting each other at risk of syphilis, or any other sexually transmitted infection.

“Anyone who thinks they have symptoms of syphilis, or are otherwise at risk of infection, should also be tested. Once diagnosed, treatment for syphilis is both effective and usually straightforward.”

New Lanarkshire quick check clinics have been launched to provide a fast and easy way to get tested for syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections. …

Inflammation »

This can happen for different reasons.

Balanitis/Posthitis

Can occur if the head of the penis is not kept clean and “smegma” gathers under the foreskin.  Balanitis is inflammation of the head of the penis and posthitis when the foreskin is inflamed.

Improving hygiene and daily bathing or washing with a small amount of salt in the water and pulling back the foreskin to clean …

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 …

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 may also be misleading.

Sexually Transmitted Infections do not distinguish between the 18 year old and the 80 year old – the same risks apply in …

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 …

Online Sexplanations »

… for Chlamydia until further notice.

Should you wish to be tested for Chlamydia or any other sexually transmitted infection, we would ask that you click here where you can access all Sexual Health Services across Lanarkshire (please note there are some clinics across Lanarkshire which offer drop in services) or alternatively you can phone our Appointment Line on 0300 303 0251 (lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 4.45pm).

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause you.

Chlamydia »

… for Chlamydia until further notice.  Should you wish to be tested for Chlamydia or any other sexually transmitted infection, we would ask that you click here where you can access all Sexual Health Services across Lanarkshire (please note there are some clinics across Lanarkshire which offer drop in services) or alternatively you can phone our Appointment Line on 0300 303 0251 (lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.).  We apologise for any inconvenience that this may …

NSU »

… from NHS Lanarkshire).

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. Try different kinds of condom and see which ones suit you and your partner. More and more people are now finding …

Parents »

Many parents and carers feel uncomfortable or unsure about talking with their children about relationships and sex . But there is support available for discussing sex and relationships with your family.

Speakeasy – courses for Parents and Carers in Lanarkshire

Speakeasy is a fun and relaxed course that helps parents and carers build on what they already know about relationships and …

Going on Holiday? »

… but many people behave differently when away from home – whether they intend to or not.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually transmitted infections are prevalent in almost every country in the world.  The most common STI’s include:

Chlamydia (bacteria) – symptoms include unusual discharge but 70% of women and 50% of men have no symptoms.  Antibiotics are effective, but if left untreated Chlamydia can lead to pelvic infection and infertility. …

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) »

… 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 called femidoms and are a tube shape made out of very thin material …

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 can affect the body in two stages, but often you may have no symptoms at all.

Early Syphilis

Primary stage (10 days – 6 weeks) is usually a small, red ulcer/sore which heals itself after 3-6 weeks …

Pubic Lice (crabs) »

What are pubic lice (crabs)?

They are commonly known as crab lice as their legs grip hairs like pincers. They are mainly found on the pubic hair, body hair and, rarely, eyebrows and eyelashes. They are not found on the hair of the head.

What are the symptoms ?

There may be no symptoms or you may feel itchy in the hairy areas. There may be spots of blood on your underwear.

How are …

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 …

Something’s not right »

If we feel something might be wrong, it is a common reaction to try to ignore it and hope that it goes away by itself.

Many of us do not react very well to the possibility of having an infection, and sometimes it can be embarrassing to admit to anyone that everything is not fine.

At times like this it can be reassuring to speak to someone who knows what they are talking about, and who you …

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 …

What’s that smell? »

Each human body has its own particular smell, and we are quite familiar with our own individual smells. Distinctive smells of sweat or faeces (poo) are well known to all of us. As the body goes through its sexual development, it also produces chemicals that have particular effects on the smell of the body.

These chemicals are contained in the natural substances the body releases, like sweat, …

I have an itch »

As well as being uncomfortable at the time, it is true that an itch can be an indication that something around that area is not quite right. However, it does not necessarily mean it is something serious, or anything to worry unduly about.

There are many different things that can cause some irritation to the skin. Allergies and reactions can come about from things like washing powder or soap, …

It hurts when I pee »

Sometimes people experience a ‘stinging’ sensation when passing water because of a change in their urine. Some people talk about a burning sensation, others about pain. If it is caused by some kind of infection, then it will probably need to be treated to clear it up.

There are a number of Infections that can cause discomfort when passing urine. Some are sexually-transmitted …

Who should use contraception? »

Contraception is a word that really means ways of avoiding Pregnancy , but it is also often used when talking about protecting sexual health in general.

There are various methods of contraception and details are given in the contraception section of this website. However, it is only male and female Condoms that can provide protection against sexually-transmitted Infections ( …

Painful Sex »

… Endometriosis – this usually causes pain deep inside the vagina.

  Infections – sexually transmitted infections ( STIs ) or non-sexually transmitted genital infections e.g. thrush.

 Vaginismus -this is when the muscles of the pelvic floor go into spasm. This causes pain, both superficially and deep inside.

  Allergic reactions – to the material of some condoms, spermicide or contraceptive creams, and devices used for contraception or sex play. …

Painful Ejaculation »

… The cause of the pain is usually inflammation. This inflammation may be result of a sexually transmitted infection ( STI ) or some other infections.

STIs are dealt with in more detail in the Infections section of this web site.

How can painful ejaculation be treated?

Whatever the cause of the inflammation, it needs to be investigated by a doctor so that proper treatment can be decided upon. This may be as simple as undertaking a course of antibiotics.

 

If …

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 , …

Thrush »

What is it?

Thrush is a yeast infection that normally affects women and appears in the vagina . There are other kinds of thrush that can affect the throat, but these are less common.

Are there any other names for it?

Thrush is also called candidiasis.

Is it common?

Yes, lots of women have thrush at some time in their life.

What causes it?

It is caused by a yeast called …

The HIV Test »

… blood which is then sent to the laboratory for testing. You may also be asked if you want a full sexually transmitted infection screen.  It is up to you to decide if you want a full screening or just an HIV antibody test. It can take up to a week to get the results back of your HIV antibody test, depending on where you take the test.

 

NEW HIV Self Testing Kits

New way to test for HIV launched: HIV instant result self-test kits go on sale 

If you can’t make it to your GP or …

What is a Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic? »

In Lanarkshire Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics (formerly Family Planning Services) can offer you advice on relationships and making choices about contraception .  You can get advice from your own doctor or by going to one of the many clinics across both North and South Lanarkshire.

In Lanarkshire our Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics can offer you advice on relationships …

Excuses/Answers for not using Condoms »

If you have had unprotected sex , or you think that the condom burst, you should consider a check-up for Sexually Transmitted Infections ( STIs ) and getting emergency contraception .

Emergency contraception can help prevent a woman from becoming pregnant . It comes in two forms, the emergency contraception pill (also known as the morning after pill) and the IUD (also known as the …

Condoms! »

… 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 women rather than men. This doesn’t mean that guys have no responsibility in protecting against pregnancy.

In order to choose a method that suits you whether or not you are in a relationship, come to your local Sexual Health and Reproductive Service or one of the services listed here and talk it over with our …

Young Men »

… about

Really pleased you’ve come in

 

If you’re worried about having picked up a sexually transmitted infection ( STI ) the Sexual Health and Reproductive Service or Integrated Sexual Health Clinics (formerly Genito-urinary GUM ) services can check it out and treat it for you.  Some men don’t show any signs of having an STI even though they might have one.  So we recommend that you come and get a regular 6 monthly MOT to check everything is OK if you’re having …

Young Women »

… Really pleased that you’ve come in

 

If you’re worried about having picked up a sexually transmitted infection ( STI ) the Sexual Health and Reproductive Service can check it out and treat it for you.  Some women don’t show any signs of having an sexually transmitted infection (STI) even though they’ve got one.  So we recommend that you get a regular 6 monthly MOT to check everything is ok if you’re sexually active, especially if you have a new partner.  All this …

Am I Ready For Sex? »

… you want or are ready for. Also, for all people having sex there is a risk of picking up a sexually transmitted infection or even HIV.

There is also an emotional side to having sex, because you don’t just have sex with someone’s body, you also have sex with their minds and this can make you or your partner(s) have very strong feelings.

Maybe you need to ask yourself if you’re ready to be dealing with those kinds of feelings which can range from delight and joy and …

Lumps, Swelling or Pain »

… blow and this condition is called Epididymitis. In men under 40 years, it is commonly caused 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 …

Penile Cancer »

Cancer of the penis is a very rare condition, and even rarer in circumcised men. This may indicate a possible cause as being poor hygiene in uncircumcised men.

Warning signs may include a growth or ulceration on the head of the penis, the foreskin or the shaft , which does not go away even after treatments for sexually transmitted infections . It is very important to report these to your …

Anus and Rectum »

… infections throughout their lives which have an impact on their sexual health. Some of these are sexually transmitted infections ( STIs ) and some are not. Some of the more common STIs are chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhoea, pelvic inflammatory disease ( PID ) and syphilis. Non-sexually transmitted genital infections include cystitis, thrush and bacterial vaginosis.

Some infections are specific to men and some to women, many others affect both equally. They do not …

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 …