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7 Facts About Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)

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1. There is more than one way to catch an STI
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STI’s are infections passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex or sometimes through genital contact. If you have had sexual contact, either penetrative or non penetrative sex without protection (condom), you may have caught an STI.

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2. Spot the signs
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If you have lumps, bumps or unusual discharge or problems with passing urine, or notice other changes that are unusual for your and your body, you should seek medical advice.

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3. Sometimes there are no signs!
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There may not be any physical signs or changes to let you know that you have  caught an STI; the only way to know for sure is to get tested.

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4. Testing and treatment
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The majority of STI’s can be treated with medication and those that cannot be cured can be managed. Testing is easy and painless (may be uncomfortable). An examination is not always necessary – sometimes a urine sample and a blood test is all that is needed.

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5. Catch it quick
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The sooner STI’s are treated the less long term damage will be caused, left untreated some STI’s can cause health problems.

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6. Not just one
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It is possible to have more than one STI at one time.

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7. Help is at hand
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For more information on STI testing and young people’s clinics you can contact your school nurse, text ChatHealth or contact Leicester Sexual Health

how to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.

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