What are STIs
At the Corner you can come and speak confidentially to a worker if you want more information, are worried about STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) or want to be screened. You can also get information and advice on how to have safer sex and prevent STIs.
Basically STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) are common infections which can be passed between people through sexual contact.
This doesn’t just mean unprotected sex (when the penis goes in the vagina or anus), infections can be spread through oral sex (kissing, sucking or licking another person’s genitals) or by touching other’s genitals. Some can even be passed on by close skin-skin contact. You can reduce the chance of catching them by using condoms and dams. Please click here to find out more about safer sex.
Two of the most common infections in young people are Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. You can get tested for these at The Corner alongside Syphilis and HIV. Other STIs include Genital Warts, Genital Herpes and Pubic Lice (Crabs).
If you have any type of unprotected sex (including oral sex) you are at risk - whether you are bi, gay, lesbian or straight. You only need to have had sex once to be at risk of an STI.