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

 

You can go to any Genito-Urinary Medicine (G.U.M.) clinic for free and confidential advice, counselling, testing and treatment for STI’s. HIV pre and post-test counselling is available.

GUM Clinics

* Cordell Centre - near the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport NP20 2UB - 01633 234555

* Cwmbran Clinic, Health Centre, Tudor Road, Cwmbran CF72 8XR - 01443 443597

* Dewi Sant, Pontypridd - 01443 443597

* Aberdare General - 01443 443597

* Cardiff - University Hospital Wales  - 02920 335207 / 335208

Please contact the clinic for opening hours.

 

Sexual Health Wales helpline

For confidential information about STI’s, sexual health or where to find local services.
Tel: 0800 567 123
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 07854679583