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Sexual Health

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 […]

Chlamydia

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 […]

Urethritis

Published on 9th May 2015

What is urethritis? Urethritis  is a bacterial infection that mainly affects men, women can be affected but symptoms are not usually noticeable. It is an inflammation of the tube called the urethra, which carries the urine from the bladder to the tip of the penis. When the exact cause of urethritis is not known it is […]

HIV and AIDS Virus

Published on 9th May 2015

HIV and AIDS HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus it is a virus that attacks the cells in your immune system. As the immune system weakens your body loses its ability to fight infection. At the end of 2015 there was around 101,200 people in the UK living with HIV. Once a person becomes infected […]

Hepatitis

Published on 9th May 2015

What is hepatitis? Hepatitis is an inflammation (swelling and tenderness) of the liver, an organ which is essential to life. If the liver does not function properly, it can cause serious illness. Hepatitis is usually caused by a virus, but other factors like drugs, alcohol and toxins may play a role. There are several viruses […]

Thrush Infection – Candidiasis

Published on 9th May 2015

What is thrush infection?   Thrush is the term used for a common infection caused by a yeast like fungus called candida albicans. Thrush infection is also known as candidiasis. Vaginal thrush is a very common infection that affects women of all ages and most women will get thrush at least once during their lives. […]