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…

Abortion Q&A

I am unsure about my pregnancy………… You are not alone – many women have mixed feelings when they find they are pregnant, even if they have been pregnant before. This is quite normal and understandable. Sometimes however there may be special factors to do with the baby, or with your own health and circumstances or…

Condom Advice

When the time feels right to have intercourse make sure you are prepared. Remember to use contraception on every occasion. The condom is simple to use and is the only form of contraception that offers protection against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, if used correctly. There are 2 types of condom both male and…

Missed POP advice

Missed Progesterone Only Pill Advice If you are more than three hours late (12 hours if you are taking a desogestrel POP): Take a pill as soon as you remember. If you have missed more than one, only take one. Take your next pill at the usual time. This may mean taking two pills in…