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​Gut Infections are caused by bacteria (such as amoebiasis, shigellosis, giardiasis and salmonellosis).

Symptoms

Gut infections' symptoms can include diarrhoea, stomach cramps, farting, nausea and fever. These can show up within several hours of exposure.

How can you get it?

Gut infections can be passed on sexually or through food and water. Transmission can occur when small amounts of infected faeces get into the mouth from fingers, rimming or having sex, scat play, or handling used dildos.

Treatment

Anti-diarrhoea treatments are often enough to treat gut infections, but antibiotics can also be used. Fluid intake needs to be carefully monitored as dehydration can easily occur.

I'm living with HIV

Some gut infections can be particularly severe for HIV positive people particularly if they are immunosuppressed. Nausea and vomiting may also lead to problems of compliance with antiretroviral medications.

To avoid gut infections, use gloves for anal play and place a dam over the arse for rimming. Wash your hands after handling used condoms, toys or after sex involving anal play.

STIs

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  • Chlamydia

    Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can infect the mucous lining of the penis, anus or eyes.

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  • Gonorrhoea

    Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that lives in the mucous lining of the penis, throat, anus or eyes.

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  • Herpes (HSV)

    Herpes (HSV) presents in two different types.

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  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

    Human Papillomavirus (Warts) is the virus that can cause warts on the penis, anus or surrounding areas.

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  • Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)

    LGV is a particularly virulent form of the Chlamydia bacteria. It is still rare, but it may become more common over time.

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  • HIV

    ​We comprehensively discuss HIV across our website, so we'll just cover the basics here. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It belongs to a group of viruses called retroviruses, which work by invading cells within the body then begin to continually reproduce itself.

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  • Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis B is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver. 

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  • Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis C (HCV) is a virus that causes serious damage to the liver.

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  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a bacterial infection that infects the penis, throat or anus and then spreads to different parts of the body through the bloodstream.

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  • Molloscum Contagiosum

    Molloscum Contagiosum (MC) is a virus that causes pimple-like lumps on the body.

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  • Pubic Lice (Crabs)

    Pubic Lice (Crabs) are small parasites that grip onto the hair in the genital area.

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  • Thrush

    Thrush (or Candidiasis) is a yeast infection that irritates the mucous membranes around the genitals.

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  • Scabies

    Scabies are tiny mites (smaller than crabs) that burrow under the skin to lay eggs.

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