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​We comprehensively discuss HIV across our website, so we'll just cover the basics here.

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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  • Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis A causes inflammation in the liver and is the form of the virus which often comes on very quickly and is short-term but severe.

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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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  • Gut Infections

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

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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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  • Scabies

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

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  • Thrush

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

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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.

This means, HIV attacks a person’s immune system by getting into the blood stream and working to kill off healthy immune cells. Passing from person to person through certain bodily fluids, the virus is primarily found in semen and blood.

There is currently no cure for HIV, but there are effective treatment options that enable those living with it to have healthy lives and, in most cases, stop the virus transmitting through sex.

You can have HIV without knowing it or showing any symptoms (sometimes for years) - so it's super important to test regularly and to use a prevention option that best suits you and the type of sex you're having.  

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