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    Viagra

    What is Viagra? Viagra is the brand name for a commonly recognised little blue, diamond shaped pill. It is a drug that helps men with impotence or erectile dysfunction. Viagra has now become available without prescription, it is hoped this will help many men who suffer from impotence but are embarrassed to seek help. Who […]

    Contraception

      What is contraception? Contraception or birth control is an artificial method or device used to prevent a woman from getting pregnant. A woman can become pregnant if a man’s sperm reaches one of her eggs, contraception keeps the sperm and the eggs apart or stops egg production to prevent pregnancy from happening.  In the […]

    Glandular fever

    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

    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

    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 […]

    Syphilis

    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

    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.)

    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

    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 […]

    Gonorrhoea

    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 […]