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...

    From: Factsheets

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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...

    From: Factsheets

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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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