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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed from one person to another through sex or genital contact. STIs can affect people regardless of gender identity and of any age.

Many people found to have an STI have no symptoms at all.  Other people may have some of the following symptoms:

  • A smelly, itchy or unusual discharge from the penis, vagina or bottom
  • Pain when going to the toilet to pass urine
  • Pain when having sex
  • Lumps, sores and growths around the genitals or in and around the bottom
  • Skin rashes around the genitals

If you are concerned about STIs but don't have any symptoms you can visit SH:24 for an online test.

If you think you have thrush or BV you can attend your local pharmacy for treatment.

'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital