GAY & BISEXUAL MEN - stis
Gay, bisexual and other men that have sex with men can be at increased risk of all sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and are disproportionately affected by infections such as gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV.
The best way to prevent HIV is by using condoms and lube for anal sex although condoms will not always prevent you getting all STIs. Not everyone will experience symptoms when they have an STI. Some may have no obvious symptoms, others mild symptoms and a few severe symptoms. Even in the absence of symptoms, you may still have an STI and still be able to pass it on. Only by getting yourself checked out will you know. If you think you might have an STI, get a check up at Sexual Health - clinic list.
Practicing safer sex and having regular check ups are ways to ensure you enjoy healthy, fulfilling and enjoyable sex throughout your life.
How often should I get checked?
If you're sexually active, especially if you're having sex with multiple partners, you should have regular check ups for STIs every 3-6 months. Even if you have no symptoms you could still have an STI and the only way to know is to go for a check up. If you're in any type of new relationship, it's a good time for you and your partner to get a check-up. You or your partner may have picked up an STI from a previous partner. Regular testing is also recommended if you're having sex outside the relationship. Sexual Health D&G offer testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea using postal kits.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of STIs?
- Discharge or pus coming from your penis or anus
- Pain or discomfort when you're passing urine
- Sores or blisters on any part of your penis, anus, genital skin or mouth
- Unusual lumps, bumps or warts on any part of your penis, anus or genital skin
- Pain in your testicles (balls)
- Itchiness in the genital area
- Unexplained rash in your genital area or body in general
- Pain when you have sex
- Fever, swollen glands (especially in your groin or neck), flu-like symptoms, or unexplained tiredness or weight loss or change in bowel function (diarrhoea, constipation, blood or mucus discharge from anus)
If you have any of these symptoms, you should arrange to get a check up straight away at Sexual Health - clinic list.
What STIs do I need to know about?