It is important that with Covid-19 dominating the news headlines, we still keep on top of other health issues too. One of those that people often feel embarrassed to talk about, but which should be taken seriously is sexual health.
If left without medical attention, many sexually transmitted diseases can cause long term problems that become more severe, so it is always a good idea to keep an eye on any sexual health problems. It is now possible to do a test in your own home with these Greenwich home STI kits https://www.greenwichsexualhealth.org/home_sti_kits/ , but if you have worries or concerns you should always speak with a doctor.
These are some of the most common sexually transmitted diseases…
Chlamydia – The symptoms of chlamydia include pain when weeing, unusual discharge and pain in the tummy for women and in the testicleless for men. Sometimes chlamydia can be symptomless, which is why if you have it you should let people know if they may have caught it from you as it can cause infertility if it is not treated long term.
Gonorrhoea – A thick green discharge from the penis or the vagina is the most common tell-tale sign of this infection, which is sometimes known as the clap. It is particularly important that women who are pregnant and think they may have it get tested, as it can be passed on to new-born babies and lead to blindness.
Genital Warts – The symptoms of genital warts are lumps and bumps forming around the penis or vagina, as well as changes to the flow of urine. If you have this, it is important to go to a doctor for treatment, do not use wart treatment from a chemist.