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10 signs you may have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

If you have had unprotected sexual intercourse or contact such as touching or penetration, you may be at risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Here are 10 signs of an STI to look out for:

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1. Discharge that is unusual for you
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2. Stinging, burning or itching in your genital area
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3. Swelling of your genital area
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4. It hurts when you have a wee
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5. Irregular bleeding from you penis or vagina
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6. Pain in your stomach
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7. Pain when you have sexual intercourse or contact
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8. Blisters or sores anywhere on your body, but particularly in the genital area/ mouth
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9. Feeling generally unwell, sick, too hot or cold, or having flu-like symptoms
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10. No symptoms at all – it’s important to note that you may have an STI (and therefore pass it to others) without experiencing any symptoms
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To protect yourself from an STI you will need to use a barrier method of contraception, this would be a condom or femidom.

If you have one or more of these symptoms,  seek support from a trusted adult or professional.

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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