Sexual health covers everything from STIs to family planning and contraception, and it’s really important that you understand all of these aspects.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are spread through unprotected sex or genital contact. Common STIs in the UK include chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhoea and herpes. It is now extremely easy to get tested for STIs, and treated if it is found you have one. However, prevention is always a better option than cure. Condoms are the only way of preventing STIs from being passed on. Other forms of contraception such as the Pill will only prevent pregnancy.
If you have had unprotected sex or think you may have an STI, it is really important that you get tested as they are more likely to cause further health complications or fertility problems the longer they are left untreated. You can be tested for STIs at sexual health clinics, genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics,and GP surgeries. There are also some kits available where you can test yourself at home for certain infections such as chlamydia.
There are a number of sexual health clinics located across North Yorkshire and within the Scarborough and Ryedale area. Most of these offer a drop in facility which do not require an appointment. To see a list of places where you can get tested and treated for STIs, click here.
YorSexualHealth is a joint initiative by local NHS organisations and councils to ensure there is a single, up to date source of information about sexual health services in the area. If you want to learn more about sexual health or have any queries, the website should provide you with any information you need. Click here to view the website.