What is STIs? (Sexual Trasmitted Infections)
Some infections can pass to another person through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, by genital contact and through sharing sex toys. Infections spread in this way are known as sexually transmitted infections.
Safer sex involves using condoms correctly every time you have sex. If you don’t use a condom you are more at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection.
You don’t need to have lots of sexual partners to get an infection.
Genital Herpes are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). It can be passed to others through sexual contact and can affect the skin and mucous membrane of the genitals and the opening of the rectum.
Most people with HSV do not experience any symptoms of genital herpes when first infected. As a result, many people do not know they have the infection. The incubation period of the virus is usually at least a week, in some cases it can be longer.
The first time symptoms usually include:
- Reddish or dark patches on the anus or genitals
- These quickly turn into blisters filled with straw-coloured fluid
- There may be tingling or burning sensation
- Vaginal discharge in women
- Pain when you pass urine
- A general feeling of being unwell, with aches, pains and flu-like symptoms.
LovePharmacy allows individuals to order treatment for Genital Herpes:
- Famciclovir (Famvir)
Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK. It is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis which is spread through unprotected sex or contact with infected genital fluids.
In most cases there are no symptoms, especially in women.
Symptoms in females can include the following:
- Cystitis symptoms e.g. burning sensation during urination, frequent urination
- Unusual discharge from the vagina or rectum
- Mild pain in the lower abdomen
- Little irregular bleeding may occur
It is important to know that the above symptoms can have other causes. It is therefore important to seek medical advice if you are unsure.
Symptoms in men can include:
- Unusual discharge from the penis or rectum
- Pain when urinating
- Irritation of the tip of the penis
- Pain and swelling in the testicles
It is important to know that the discharge or irritation may go away in men, however they can still harbour the infection. It is vital that you seek advice if you are unsure.
Chlamydia can also be transmitted through anal and oral sex. Discomfort and discharge from the rectum can be a symptom of chlamydia caused by unprotected anal sex. Chlamydia in the throat through unprotected oral sex is uncommon and usually has no symptoms.
If you develop conjunctivitis (infection of the eye) that does not go away even after treatment you should get yourself checked for chlamydia.
Chlamydia is usually treated with antibiotics. You should not have sex until you and your sexual partner have finished your treatment, otherwise you are likely to become re-infected.
LovePharmacy allows individuals to order treatment for Chlamydia:
Genital Warts are the result of a viral skin infection caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
They present themselves as small projections of flesh on male or female genitalia and sometimes on or around the anal passage.
Genital warts are not normally painful and do not pose a serious threat to health, however they can itch, bleed or be uncomfortable.
They can vary in colour; from pink to brown depending on skin colour, and can vary in shape; flat warts to rough cauliflower-like projections. They can be unpleasant to look at and can cause psychological distress for some people.
It is important to note that you may be symptomless for at least two to four weeks, in some cases months pass before the warts become visible.
LovePharmacy allows individuals to order treatment for Genital Warts:
If you have been diagnosed with one of the above STIs and a suitable treatment has been recommended to you please choice the recommended treatment below and continue through to the online consultation.
If you have any questions regarding STIs, STI treatment or if you are suitable for using this service please feel free to contact Express Dispense and speak to the pharmacist.
This service should only be used if you have been diagnosed with
one of the above STIs by:
- Your GP
- Your Doctor
- A Sexual Health Clinic
- A GUM Clinic
- And a treatment from the list above has been recommended by them