STIs and HIV

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STIs and avoiding them

The UK has one of the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections and teenage pregnancies in Western Europe. A condom is the only form of contraception that can help protect you against STIs, and it can also help prevent unplanned pregnancy. Whatever your gender or sexuality, you can protect yourself against these infections by using condoms.

SWISH offers condoms both through the C-Card scheme for 13-19 year olds click here for more information and through safer sex packs by post for 16+ year olds for anyone:

  • Finding it hard to access condoms
  • A man who has sex with men
  • Trans or non-binary and have sex with men
  • A sex worker
  • From an African community

We also offers free condoms to those attending clinics either from reception or during your consultation

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Often referred to as STIs. These are infection passed on through sex or close physical contact. They can affect anyone regardless of their sexual or gender identity and can affect people of any age.

They can cause anxiety and stress but they are all treatable and many are completely curable with antibiotics. If you think you may have an STI, it is better to know sooner rather than later and take action to get them treated. This can avoid problems later on, as well as the risk of passing the infection on to someone else


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