NHS Lanarkshire responds to rise in cases of syphilis »

… should also be tested. Once diagnosed, treatment for syphilis is both effective and usually straightforward.”

People can make a sexual health clinic appointment by calling 0300 303 0251 . The line is open Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.45pm. Alternatively, check the services section of the website for drop-in clinics which do not require an appointment.

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (known as an STI ) that affects both men and women. …

Welcome »

… this site. 

This website is for everyone; old, young, black, white, female, male, gay, straight, unsure, all of the above, or none of the above. Everyone has sexual health of some sort or another; whether they think it is good, bad, or indifferent. This information is provided so that you can learn more about sexual health, start to think about your own sexual health and the sexual health of others, and be in a position to make the best possible choices about you, your body, your …

Syphilis »

… have sex with other men and locally we have recently seen an increase in infections among young straight / heterosexual people in Lanarkshire.

Can it be treated?

Yes, syphilis can be treated with antibiotics. It is important if you are treated for syphilis that you go back to the clinic to check the infection is completely gone, and to ensure your partner is also tested/checked and, if necessary, treated so you do not re-infect each other. Also, avoid sexual contact until you and …

When to Change »

… because the drugs are being absorbed at a rate different from that in other people. This can be straightforwardly investigated by drug level monitoring and may avoid the necessity of changing the drug combination. Dose adjustment may be all that is necessary.

The HIV Test »

… what the name suggests: they are kits you can use to test yourself for HIV. They give a result straight away, you can use them wherever you like, and there’s no need to involve a doctor or nurse unless you want to.

You can buy self-test kits online, but be careful:  only buy kits that you can be sure meet European standards and carry the ‘CE’ mark. There’s no way to be sure other tests are safe or reliable. So far, the only test kit that has this CE quality mark is the BioSure …