Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be transmitted during a wide range of sexual practices. Condoms help prevent most STIs from being passed on. Vaccinations protect against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, genital warts and anal warts.

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  • Do condoms work?

    Laboratory testing shows that condoms are impermeable to viruses, but protection rates are lower in real-world studies. Condoms can only protect against HIV and other...

    From: Factsheets

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  • How to use condoms and lubricant

    Using condoms correctly will prevent them breaking, leaking or slipping off during sex.Use only water-based or silicone lubricants, not oil-based. If you lose your erection...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Female condoms for anal sex

    Female condoms are also known as internal condoms, and can be used for both vaginal and anal sex. As they provide a physical barrier, they are likely to...

    From: Factsheets

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  • NGU and NSU – non-gonococcal and non-specific urethritis

    NGU and NSU can be caused by several STIs.NGU/NSU is diagnosed by a swab test and/or checking a urine sample.NGU and NSU are treated with...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Condoms

    Condoms protect against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.Both female and male condoms are available.It’s important to follow the advice on how to use...

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  • LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum)

    LGV is a form of chlamydia. Tests for chlamydia also detect LGV.Most LGV cases are in gay men living with HIV. It is often diagnosed...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Herpes

    Herpes is transmitted by contact with skin where the herpes simplex virus is present. It causes painful blisters on the genital and surrounding areas.Antiviral treatments...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Shigella

    Shigella is a serious gut infection causing severe, prolonged diarrhoea and stomach cramps. It is transmitted by contact with very small amounts of human faeces....

    From: Factsheets

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  • Pubic lice and scabies

    Pubic lice and scabies are easily treated.Your GP or staff at a sexual health clinic can diagnose pubic lice or scabies.Pubic lice and scabies are...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Chlamydia

    Chlamydia can be transmitted via infected semen or vaginal fluids.Using a condom during sex is an effective way of preventing  chlamydia.Chlamydia is easily treated with...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Gonorrhoea

    Gonorrhoea can be passed on during anal, vaginal and oral sex.Using a condom during sex is an effective way of preventing gonorrhoea.Gonorrhoea is treated with...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts

    HPV can be passed on during unprotected anal, vaginal or oral sex. Vaccines against HPV are available.  Some strains of HPV can cause genital warts....

    From: Factsheets

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  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a common sexually transmitted infection that is usually easy to treat.Syphilis can progress more quickly and severely in people living with HIV.It can be contracted during...

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  • Sexually transmitted infections

    This section contains a brief explanation of how common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed on, their symptoms and their treatment. STIs can be caused by bacteria, viruses...

    From: Booklets

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Sexually transmitted infections prevention news selected from other sources

  • England: Sexual Health Checks Fall By Almost 250,000 As Services Suffer Severe Cuts

    Sexual and reproductive health checks have fallen by 245,000 in three years, amid “swingeing” cuts to the vital services, new figures published by the Labour party show. Spending on the facilities by local authorities fell by £56 million over the past five years, according to House of Commons library data.

    14 May 2019 | Huffington Post
  • NIH Awards Will Advance Development of Vaccines for Sexually Transmitted Infections

    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced awards to establish four Cooperative Research Centers (CRCs) focused on developing vaccines to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The grants, totaling $41.6 million over five years, will support collaborative, multidisciplinary research on the bacteria that cause syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. At the end of the program, each center is expected to identify at least one candidate vaccine ready for testing in clinical trials.

    10 May 2019 | National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Pipeline for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Syphilis

    A new report on the sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatment and prevention research “pipeline” points to serious gaps in the development of new tools to address a growing epidemic in the U.S. The report, released today by Treatment Action Group (TAG), provides an assessment of the current research pipeline and calls for a major new investment in STI research.

    20 March 2019 | TAG
  • Why are black and minority ethnic girls less likely to get the HPV jab? (Video)

    The HPV - or Human Papilloma Virus - vaccine is available to year 8 and 9 schoolgirls across Britain. But not all of them get the jab. Girls from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are less likely to receive the vaccine in school than their white counterparts.

    04 March 2019 | BBC
  • Should we be concerned some gay men are buying antibiotics online for STIs?

    A leading online provider of PrEP also sells the antibiotic doxycycline - but why are people buying it and why are health organizations concerned?

    28 December 2018 | Gay Star News
  • Testing times: four emerging STIs that you can’t afford to ignore

    Although gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis grab most of the headlines, public health officials are warily watching the emergence of other bacterial sexually transmitted infections.

    06 December 2018 | Mosaic
  • France's health system to reimburse cost of condoms in fight against STDs

    The French government said Tuesday it would take the rare step of reimbursing prescription-bought condoms to combat the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

    29 November 2018 | France 24
  • US: HPV Vaccine Approved for Women and Men up to Age 45

    On October 5, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded its approval of the Gardasil 9 vaccine, which protects against nine difference strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), to cover women and men ages 27 to 45.

    12 October 2018 | Cancer Health
  • Online HIV prevention program receives $8.8 million NIH grant

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded an $8.8 million grant to Keep It Up!, a novel online HIV prevention program that has been shown to reduce sexually transmitted infections in gay young men by 40 percent.

    31 August 2018 | Northwestern University NewsCenter
  • Teenage boys to be vaccinated against cancer-causing HPV

    Boys aged 12 and 13 in England are to be vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV), the government has said.

    24 July 2018 | The Guardian
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