Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Some STIs can pass to another person through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex and through sharing sex toys. Safer sex involves using condoms correctly every time you have sex. If you don't use a condom you are at more risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection. You don't need to have lots of sexual partners to get an infection and STIs do not discriminate so you can catch them at any age.

Most sexually transmitted infections can be treated and it is usually best if treatment is started as soon as possible. Some infections, such as HIV and herpes, never leave the body but there are drugs available that can reduce the symptoms and help prevent or delay the development of complications. If left untreated, many sexually transmitted infections can be painful or uncomfortable, can permanently damage your health and fertility, and can be passed onto someone else.

Not everyone who has a sexually transmitted infection has signs and / or symptoms. Sometimes these don’t appear for weeks or months and sometimes they go away, but you can still have the infection and pass it on to someone else. 

If you experience any of the following you should seek advice:

  • unusual discharge from the vagina;
  • discharge from the penis;
  • pain or burning when you pass urine;
  • itches, rashes, lumps or blisters around the genitals or anus;
  • pain and/or bleeding during sex;
  • bleeding between periods (including women who are using hormonal contraception);
  • bleeding after sex;
  • pain in the testicles or lower abdomen.

Even if you don't have any signs and / or symptoms you may wish to seek advice or have a check-up, particularly if:

  • you have had unprotected sex with a new partner recently;
  • you or your sexual partner has sex with other people without using a condom.

More info available from Live Well

 

Local Contacts

All the information and local contacts for Caerphilly borough can be found in the Gwent Little Book. This is a small credit card sized book containing useful information about sexual health services. It was initially produced for young people but most of the services are available for all ages.  It contains a list of sexual health clinics, pharmacies participating in the Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) scheme and information about where to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Gwent Little Book (pdf 105k)

 

Sexual Health Wales helpline

For confidential information about STI’s, sexual health or where to find local services.
Tel: 0300 1237123   Textphone (for people with hearing impairments) 0800 521 361 24 hrs.
or search for clinics here

Information and advice can also be obtained from the Sexual Health Outreach Worker for Caerphilly Borough on 0845 2412538