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Infections

What are sexually transmitted infections?

These are infections that can be given to you by your boyfriend or girlfriend.

You can also give your partner an infection.

This can happen when you have:

Vaginal sex – this is when a penis goes in a vagina

Anal sex – this is when a penis goes in the anus

Oral sex – when you lick or suck a penis or vagina

Touching – when you touch another person’s penis or vagina

Some infections can be treated easily.

Others are with you all your life.

If you are having sex and don’t want to catch an infection you need to use a condom.

It is also a good idea to get tested for an infection at the clinic. You should do this every time you have sex with a different person

 

Many infections don’t have any symptoms. This means you don’t always know if you have one.

If you have a penis:

  • Discharge (fluid) from your penis
  • Sore penis head
  • Sore or painful testicles
  • Stinging when you wee
  • Itching, sores or blisters
  • Pain during sex
  • Discharge (fluid) or itching from your bum
  • Fever or flu symptoms with any of the above

If you have a vagina:

  • Unusual vaginal discharge (fluid) – this could be a change in colour or feel
  • Bleeding in between periods
  • Pain in or around the vagina
  • Stinging when you wee
  • Itching, sores or blisters
  • Pain during sex
  • Discharge (fluid) or itching from your bum
  • Fever or flu symptoms with any of the above

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