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Glandular fever

Published on 28th July 2015

What is glandular fever? Glandular fever, also called infectious mononucleosis, is a viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, the name comes from the British researchers who first discovered it. The Epstein-Barr virus is part of the herpes group of viruses and is very common, however, like the other herpes viruses you may be infected […]

Sexual Health

Published on 15th May 2015

In this section we describe the type of infections both common and not so common that you can get from unprotected sex with a partner. What are sexually transmitted diseases? Sexually transmitted diseases (or infection) commonly called S.T.D,s or S.T.I’s are a collection of diseases that are passed on through unprotected sexual activity. Being close […]

Trichomonas Vaginalis

Published on 9th May 2015

What is trichomonas vaginalis? Several different organisms can cause vaginal discharge and irritation (vaginitis). The most common organisms being :- The parasite, trichomonas vaginalis. The bacteria gardnerella vaginalis (bacterial vaginosis). The yeast candida (that causes thrush). Trichomonas Vaginalis (T.V.), ‘trich’ or trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a tiny parasite. T.V. mostly […]


Published on 9th May 2015

What is syphilis? Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by bacteria called Treponema pallidum. Syphilis is not a common infection in the U.K., the majority of the cases of syphilis in the U.K. were contracted in countries where syphilis is still widespread. Syphilis develops in three stages:- Stage 1 – known as the […]

Pubic Lice

Published on 9th May 2015

What are pubic lice? Pubic lice also known as crabs are tiny insects which live in coarse body hair. This means they cannot only be found in pubic hair but also in underarm hair, hairy legs, chests and eyelashes. They have also been known to exist in beards and eyebrows. The lice are skin coloured […]

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (P.I.D.)

Published on 9th May 2015

What is pelvic inflammatory disease? Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (P.I.D.) is an infection which occurs when bacteria enters the cervix and spreads upwards into the pelvic organs, including the uterus, fallopian tubes and the ovaries. Apart from H.I.V., P.I.D. is the most common and serious complication of sexually transmitted diseases. What causes pelvic inflammatory disease? There […]

G.U.M. clinics

Published on 9th May 2015

What are G.U.M. clinics? Your local G.U.M. clinic ( Genito-Urinary Medicine) is an N.H.S. run clinic for all aspects of sexual health. You can find details of your nearest clinic in the phone book under genito-urinary clinic, sexually transmitted diseases (S.T.D.) or venereal diseases (V.D.). You may also find your nearest clinic by visiting the […]


Published on 9th May 2015

What is gonorrhoea? Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) often known as the ‘clap’ it is caused by a bacterium called Neisseria Gonorrhoeae. The bacterium grows and multiplies quickly in moist, warm areas of the body. Gonorrhoea can infect areas of the body such as the cervix, urethra, anus, rectum or throat. In women […]

Genital Warts

Published on 9th May 2015

What are genital warts? Genital warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (H.P.V.). they are small growth or bumps that can occur around the genitals or anus. H.P.V. is the name of a group of viruses that include more than 100 different types.  Each type of H.P.V. has been given a number, the types […]

Genital herpes

Published on 9th May 2015

What is genital herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two types of herpes, they are known as herpes simplex virus type 1 (H.S.V.1) and type 2 (H.S.V.2). Type 1 most commonly affects the lips and mouth, they usually appear as coldsores. Type 2 generally […]


Published on 9th May 2015

What is chlamydia? Chlamydia comes from the Greek word meaning ‘to cloak’ and is caused by bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis. The bacteria mainly infect the genitals but it can sometimes infect the throat, eyes and rectum. Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in young adults. Chlamydia is very easy to treat with antibiotics […]

Bacterial Vaginosis

Published on 9th May 2015

What is bacterial vaginosis? Bacterial vaginosis is a very common vaginal infection. Bacterial vaginosis isn’t a sexually transmitted infection, however, it does tend to occur in women who have regular sex and multiple partners. The infection does not get passed on to the man though some evidence shows that women may be able to pass […]

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