Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sexually Transmitted Infections

What are Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)?

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that are passed from person to person through sexual contact such as vaginal, anal, and oral sex.
There are several types of STIs that cause various signs and symptoms in and around a person’s vagina, penis or anus.  Any of the symptoms below can indicate there is an STI present.  A person experiencing one or more of the following symptoms should seek medical help:
• Unusual discharge (often strange in colour and foul smelling) from the vagina, penis or anus
• Itching in and around the genital area and anus
• Pain during urination, and/or more frequent urination
• Dark coloured urine
• Pain or discomfort during sex (in vagina, penis or anus)
• Pain in the lower stomach
• Sores, blisters, a rash or warts (flesh coloured raised growths) in and around the genital area and anus
• Swelling of lymph nodes (glands in groin)
• Irregular bleeding from vagina (women)
• Pain and swelling of testicles (men)
Many STIs present no symptoms and so if you are sexually active, it is a good idea to go for regular screening for STIs!  Please ask the service provider at the NAPPA clinic for more detailed information.

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