STIQ Day is a national awareness day that happens each year on 14 January. It is all about getting the nation thinking about their sexual health and how to protect both themselves and others from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
If sexually transmitted infections are left undiagnosed and untreated there is a risk that they could cause complications and long term health issues for both men and women including pelvic inflammatory diseases, adverse pregnancy outcomes including ectopic pregnancy, abortion and premature delivery along with neonatal and infant infections, urology-related issues such as urethral strictures and also genital malignancies.
Below are some common sexually transmitted infections. If you notice any symptoms or are concerned about your own or your partner’s sexual health, we encourage you to get in touch and arrange a sexual health check.
Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are the most common sexually transmitted infections in the UK as most people do not notice any symptoms and therefore are unaware that they have them. Although often described as ‘silent’, it can take several weeks for symptoms to appear. These include unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or rectum, pain when urinating, bleeding during or after sex and abdominal pain in women during sex.
If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhoea can cause infertility and could lead to the development of inflammatory pelvic disease (PID) which is linked to fertility issues. Both chlamydia and gonorrhoea are treated with a simple course of antibiotics.
Genital herpes is characterised by weeping blisters around the genital area which can cause painful and itchy open sores which could last for several days or weeks. These symptoms generally clear up on their own however there is no treatment for this infection and the virus can lay dormant within the body for a long time.
Syphilis is a highly contagious infection that is passed on through unprotected sex. This infection is characterised by sores on the genitals, rectum or around the mouth which generally develop around 2 or 3 weeks after contracting the bacterial infection. This won’t go away on its own and if left untreated can lead to serious health problems. Fortunately, it can be cured with a short course of antibiotics.
HIV and AIDS
HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system and is transmitted through sexual contact, through injecting contaminated blood or blood products and from mother to child in the womb. AIDS is at the end of the HIV spectrum when the immune system has become so badly damaged from HIV that the person becomes seriously ill.
Get A Sexual Health Check at SureScan
Here at SureScan for Women, we can put both you and your partner’s minds at rest through our full range of sexual health testing, advice and treatment options. Get in touch today to book a Sexual Health Check with one of our dedicated gynaecologists.