Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - sometimes referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) - are on the rise in the UK. Anyone who engages in sexual activity without taking adequate safety precautions is at risk of STIs, which can potentially have very serious effects on your long-term health.
The reality is that any form of unprotected sex, including oral, anal and vaginal, places you at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection. With many not displaying any symptoms at all, if you have had unprotected sex, we recommend that you take an STI test to find out for sure if you are infected or not. You should not be too distressed if this is the case, as the majority of STIs are bacterial and can be cleared up completely with a course of highly effective antibiotics. Here at OnlineClinic, you can find the treatment you require based on the infection you have contracted and its severity.
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Chlamydia is the most commonly contracted sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK. Like many STIs, primary infection is mainly spread through unprotected sexual activity including vaginal, oral and anal sex. It very often doesn't cause...
Genital herpes is a viral sexually transmitted infection that affects over 30,000 people in the UK. It is extremely contagious and is characterised by the appearance of fluid blisters and itchy red sores, although symptoms will stay hidden for...
Genital warts are the second most common STI in the UK. Whilst viral STIs are chronic and incurable, bouts of genital warts can be infrequent and highly manageable with treatment. The highly contagious STI - caused by the human papilloma virus...
Gonorrhoea is a common bacterial STI and one of the most frequently diagnosed in the UK. Diagnoses are most commonly made in men aged between 20 and 24 and women aged between 16 and 19, though it can affect anyone at any age. This infection is...
It is unclear whether mycoplasma gentialium is classed as a sexually transmitted infection (STI), however the most frequent cause is unprotected sex. Like most STIs, it is often asymptomatic (doesn't show any symptoms) so it is important to get...
Mycoplasma genitalium is a less well known bacterial STI that can nevertheless be quite serious if it is not treated, as it can lead to infertility. This STI often does not display any symptoms, but some people may experience symptoms such as pain while urinating. Mycoplasma genitalium is completely curable with the help of antibiotics.
Non-specific urethritis (NSU) is a bacterial STI (sexually transmitted infection) that is completely curable with the right course of antibiotics. The term "non-specific" is used when the primary cause is not known.Non-specific urethritis can...
Non-specific urethritis (NSU) is a sexually transmitted infection that can occur in both men and women, though it is more common in men. It usually occurs alongside other STIs, for example chlamydia. NSU often does not cause any symptoms, which may cause people to be unaware they are infected. It is a curable STI with the help of antibiotics.
Trichomoniasis (trichomonas vaginalis) is an STI caused by a parasite that is passed on during unprotected sex. The infection can be found in both men and women, although the symptoms differ for both sexes. Even when symptoms do occur, they are...
Trichomonas vaginalis is a type of parasitic STI that is transmitted during unprotected sex if a partner is infected. It is more commonly diagnosed in women but can also occur in men. It is completely curable with antibiotics, and it is important to seek treatment because it has the potential to cause health complications if left untreated.
Whilst ureaplasma urealyticum isn't officially classed as a sexually transmitted infection (STI), the most common cause is sexual contact with around 70% of sexually active people in the UK contracting it at some point in their lives. Also...
Ureaplasma urealyticum is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection that is very common in the UK and can affect both men and women. It is a highly contagious infection and can be spread through unprotected sex. It often does not present any symptoms, which may lead individuals to be unaware that they are infected.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV, gardnerella vaginalis) is a highly common vaginal infection. In fact, this infection is the most common form of vaginal infection that can affect women in the UK. It occurs when the vagina's natural balance of bacteria...
An STI (also referred to as an STD) is an infection spread by having unprotected sex or genital contact with an individual infected with an STI. They can be spread via multiple forms of sexual activity, including anal, vaginal and oral, and are often asymptomatic.
There are three types of sexually transmitted infections: bacterial, viral and parasitic.
The distinction is important because bacterial and parasitic STIs are curable, while viral STIs are incurable. A bacterial STI, like chlamydia, can be cleared completely with a simple and immediate course of antibiotics. Parasitic STIs, such as crabs, are generally mild in nature and can be treated with a course of antibiotics or creams.
Viral STIs are incurable and can only be controlled with medication. A viral STI, like genital herpes, will require antiviral medication on an as-needed basis to control and alleviate outbreaks. These infections are chronic and symptoms are usually mild and infrequent.
The two most common sexually transmitted infections in the UK are chlamydia and genital warts, though cases of genital herpes, gonorrhoea and syphilis are also increasing. It is very likely that one of the causes of the increasing number of STI diagnoses in the UK is the fact that many people are misinformed about STIs, as misconceptions about symptoms, causes and treatments are rife. For example, some people mistakenly believe you cannot contract a sexually transmitted infection through oral sex.
As the name suggests, STIs are spread through sexual contact. This does not just mean vaginal penetration; any form of sexual activity without protection can put you at risk of contracting an STI. In some cases, such as with genital herpes, skin-to-skin contact is all that is needed to spread the infection. Sharing sex toys with an infected partner also places you at risk. Factors that could increase your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection are engaging in sexual activity at a young age, having unprotected sex, and having multiple sexual partners.
Though some sexually transmitted infections do present symptoms, it is important to understand that the majority of sexually transmitted infections are asymptomatic. This makes it even more vital to take an STI test if you have engaged in any form of unprotected sex, as it is entirely possible to be infected without displaying any symptoms at all. You should not assume that being symptom-free means you are uninfected.
If you do experience symptoms, they are likely to occur around the genital area, such as itching or a rash. They can include:
The course of treatment that you will require will depend on the particular sexually transmitted infection that you have contracted. Bacterial STIs, such as chlamydia, mycoplasma genitalium, ureaplasma urealyticum, non-specific urethritis and gonorrhoea, will require a course of antibiotics, often in just a single dose. These bacterial STIs can be completely cured using a prescribed course of antibiotics.
Viral STIs, like genital herpes and genital warts, will require antiviral medications to control outbreaks when they occur. Unlike bacterial STIs, viral STIs can't be cured, but can be effectively treated and managed using prescription antiviral medications.
For all cases of STIs your prescription will depend on which STI you have, as well as the severity of the infection. Even if symptoms have disappeared halfway through your course of treatment, it is advised that you complete the course. This ensures that you have the best chance possible of subduing and eliminating your STI.
You can follow the relevant links on this page to the sexually transmitted infection you are infected with to find out which treatment you require.
There are a number of methods that can be followed in order to effectively prevent genital STIs. These are as follows:
Getting checked regularly for STIs can also help to avoid giving the infection to someone else during sex. You can get tested for STIs at a sexual health clinic, GUM clinic or at certain GP surgeries.
Sexually transmitted infections are fairly common, and whilst most does have any unpleasant symptoms, you still want to treat the infection as soon as possible. At OnlineClinic, you can order various highly effective medications used in the treatment of eight STIs (genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, non-specific urethritis, ureaplasma urealyticum, mycoplasma genitalium, trichomonas vaginalis). To order medication in the UK, you must first complete a quick consultation, in order to be issued a prescription. You can buy STI treatments here through an online consultation to avoid booking and attending an appointment in person, especially when you're short on time. We provide this through a free, no obligation consultation, reviewed by one of our partner doctors before ordering the correct treatment and dosage for you. Treatment is always discreetly packaged and can be delivered the very next day.