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Sexually transmitted infections (STI's) and HIV

Sexually transmitted infections (STI's)

What are they?

Sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) are bacterial or viral infections that are usually spread through having unprotected sex with an infected person.

Am I at Risk?

You may be at risk if you have had unprotected sex, i.e. sex without a condom. Any sexually active person could have one, regardless of age, gender, background or sexuality

How do I know if I have an infection?

Many STIs have little or no signs or symptoms.

Two common STIs in SE London are chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Most women and men who contract these have No symptoms, but some may notice

  1. A change in normal vaginal discharge or discharge from penis
  2. More frequent or pain when urinating
  3. Pain during sex
  4. Bleeding between periods or irregular bleeding

If you suspect you are at risk of Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea, you can access any Lewisham Contraception & Sexual Health Clinics for testing and treatment.
If you are under 25, we have a chlamydia-screening programme women have a simple self-swab test which they can do at the clinic and men give a sample of urine.
These tests are completely free and confidential 

Condoms can be used along with other forms to provide extra protection against pregnancy, and to help protect against STIs

Further STI information:

You can get tested at any contraception & sexual health clinic

or at your GP practice in:

SE3 Blackheath SE4 Brockley, Crofton Park, Honor Oak
SE6 Bellingham, Catford SE8 Deptford, St John's
SE12 Grove Park, Lee SE13 Hither Green, Ladywell, Lewisham
SE14 New Cross, New Cross Gate SE23 Forest Hill
SE26 Sydenham Full list of clinics and location maps »