Sexually Transmitted Infections
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), also referred to as Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) and Venereal Diseases (VD), are infections that are commonly spread by sexual contact. You can get an STI by having vaginal sex, anal sex, or oral sex.
There are several different types of STI. Some of the most common STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital warts, herpes and syphilis. Most STIs are treatable or curable. Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are curable, whereas herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV) are treatable but not curable. Thomson Specialist Skin Centre offers treatments for all of these STIs.
What are the symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection? These are the common symptoms to look out for –
- Discharge from the vagina or penis
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- A sore, ulcer, rash, or lump that appears on the penis or around the vagina, vulva or anus
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Swelling of the scrotum
If you or your partner exhibit one or more of these symptoms, you should go for Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) screening. It is also important to note that some STIs cause no visible symptoms. However, you can still pass on the infection to others even if you have no symptoms. Thus, it is recommended that if you are sexually active you should go for STI screenings yearly. This can be done on either urine in both men and women, vaginal or cervical swabs in women, or urethral swabs in men.
If you suspect that you have a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), contact Thomson Specialist Skin Centre to set up your first appointment for an STI screening.