STI's and treatments

  • STIs are infections passed from one person to another during skin to skin or intimate sexual contact
  • STIs usually affect the genitals, anus, or mouth, but can also affect other areas of the body
  • STIs usually do not cause signs or symptoms
  • Sometimes they may cause discharges, sores, growths or rashes

How do I catch them?

  • Having penetrative sex, vaginal, oral or anal, without a condom
  • Even protected sex can put you at risk of catching some STIs.
  • Some activities are higher risk than others:
  • Unprotected sex
    • with casual partners
    • with multiple partners
    • with a partner who has taken risks - had unprotected sex with casual partners
    • with a partner who has injected drugs

Men who have unprotected anal sex with other men are also at higher risk.

--We are currently CLOSED for STI Walk-ins. Please note that if your GP has referred you to the GUIDe clinic you will be contacted with an appointment.  We kindly ask that you do not attend without an appointment. We are seeing a limited number of STI emergencies that have been given an advance appointment after referral. Patients who have HIV appointments for collection of their medication should attend at their appointment time. The number of patients that are allowed into the department is limited so we will be strictly observing appointment times. GUIDE PrEP patients with upcoming clinic appointments will be contacted by phone and offered a phone consultation. Patients will then be given a new “rapid” appointment slot, to attend for bloods/STI screen/vaccine and to collect prescription. Face to face consults are arranged as required. For more information related to Coronavirus and visiting restrictions please visit    --