Tell me about sexual health and infection
Are you looking for accurate information on sexual health? Do you want to find your local sexual health service options? Check out the links below *
- NHS information on general sexual health (with links to specific issues)
- Some advice on what to expect from your visit to an NHS sexual health clinic
- NHS information on Men’s health
- NHS information on Women’s health 18-39
- NHS information on Women’s health 40-60
Young people (under 25 years)
- Special sexual health information and services for young people http://www.brook.org.uk/
The National Chlamydia Screening Programme offers free postal Chlamydia tests for young people aged 16-24 in England
Men who have sex with Men
Women who have sex with Women
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexual infection in the UK. Most people do not have any symptoms, but an untreated infection can result in complications. Chlamydia is tested for routinely at NHS sexual health clinics and some GP surgeries and is easily treated by antibiotics.
Find out about Genital Warts
Genital warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), it is the second most common STI in England, and is spread by skin-to-skin contact. Treatment for genital warts is available at NHS clinics.
Gonorrhoea is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Many men who are infected have symptoms but almost half of women who are infected have no symptoms. Gonorrhoea is tested for routinely at NHS sexual health clinics. For information about symptoms and testing please see links:
- NHS information about Gonorrhoea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae, or “Ng”)
- Information from the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)
Find out about Genital Herpes
Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV), type 1 and type 2. Both types are highly contagious and can be passed easily from one person to another by direct contact. There is no cure for genital herpes, however treatment to help manage outbreaks can be obtained through the NHS.
Find out about Trichomonas vaginalis, or (“TV”)
- Trichomoniasis is caused by a tiny parasite called Trichomomas vaginalis and is usually spread by having vaginal sex without a condom. Most people will not have symptoms of infection but both men and women can become infected with TV.
- NHS Information on Trichomonas vaginalis, or “TV”
- BASHH information Trichomonas vaginalis, or “TV” - PDF Format
Find out about Mycoplasma genitalium (or, MG)
Mycoplasma genitalium is one of the organisms that can cause non-specific urethritis (NSU). NSU is also known as non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU). Although there is growing evidence of infection caused by Mycoplasma genitalium in certain populations, it is not currently tested for on the NHS.
- Information on NSU/NGU can be found on the NHS website
* Although we do our best to make sure that we link to websites where you can find information that is up-to-date and factually accurate, we cannot take responsibility for the content on external websites. It is best to seek the advice of your healthcare provider if you have specific questions about your personal health.