HPV

What is HPV? HPV (Human Papiloma Virus) is a virus that infects both men and women. Often it will not cause any symptoms, but it can cause warts and verrucas. It can also cause papillomas which can develop into cancers particularly of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, throat and rectum. There are over 170 types…

Hepatitis

There are many different Hepatitis viruses and we are particularly concerned about Hepatitis A, B and C. All these types of hepatitis can be transferred by contaminated blood and sharing needles and works but they can also be transferred by other means. Hepatitis A is more common outside the UK and is usually passed on…

HIV

This is caused by Human Immunodeficiency Virus which can be passed from person to person by sexual contact, including oral sex, and also through infected blood and by sharing needles and works and in other ways. It may cause a flu like symptoms within a few weeks of infection but many infected people have no…

Oral sex and STIs

Although oral sex avoids the risk of pregnancy, it can still pass on STI’s. This may cause a sore throat, blisters or ulcers or can pass on more serious infections such as HIV or hepatitis. You should avoid oral sex if you have any mouth or lip infections, especially cold sores. The risk of infections…

STIs Q&A

Sexually Transmitted Infections These are also known as STI’s. They are common and many people don’t know that they have them as they may not have any symptoms. They can easily pass from person to person, especially if you have sexual contact without using a condom and not knowing if either of you have an…