A sexually transmitted infection can easily be spread from one person to another through unprotected sexual contact, and is a growing concern in the UK today. The most common STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital herpes and genital warts, with a reported rise of 2% of positive cases in the UK within the past year.
Bacterial STIs like chlamydia, gonorrhoea, ureaplasma, mycoplasma, trichomonas and BV can be completely cured with a single-dose antibiotic treatment, while viral STIs like herpes and genital warts can be effectively managed with proven antivirals.
HealthExpress offers a wide range of effective antibiotic and antiviral STI treatments to help you treat and manage any infection.
- Gonorrhoea Pack Aldara Condyline Warticon (Wartec) Azithromycin Doxycycline Metronidazole Aciclovir
- Obtaining treatment from us could not be easier and will take minutes.
- Step 1 - You begin by completing our simple online consultation where you will be asked a few medical details including whether or not you have tested positive for an STI.
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- Step 2 - Based on your medical information, one of our doctors may choose to recommend you treatment. You will be notified of this by email.
- Step 3 - Through the link in your email, you will then be able to login and place an order for any of the suitable treatments from your secure patient's area.
- Start your free consultation
STIs are a serious health problem. If left untreated, STIs can cause permanent damage and even infertility. Some STIs do not have any clear symptoms, so you could be infected without even knowing it. If you have had unprotected sex or are experiencing any noticeable symptoms, then you should take an STI test to be sure that you are not infected and that you are not at risk of transferring the infection to someone else.
How are STIs spread?
Most STIs are spread through unprotected sexual intercourse. However, it is important to remember that this is not the only way to contract an STI. Some STIs, like genital herpes, can be passed on through skin contact with an infected area or sore. This means that you can catch an STI from anal or oral sex too, because STIs can make their way into your body through tiny cuts or tears on the skin's surface.
Some of the factors that increase a person's chance of getting an STI are:
- Unprotected sex: Condoms are the only type of birth control contraceptive that protects against STIs. Diaphragms, spermicides and other birth control methods do not protect against infection.
- Sexual activity at a young age: The younger a person starts having sex, the greater their chance of becoming infected with an STI.
- Multiple sexual partners: If you have intimate sexual contact, in any form, with many different partners, you are at a greater risk of contracting an STI.
What STIs are there?
STIs are usually either viral or bacterial infections. Bacterial infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, are easily treated. Viral infections, such as genital herpes and genital warts, can be incurable and you could suffer recurrent symptoms throughout your life.
HealthExpress is able to offer treatment for the following STIs:
- Genital Herpes
- Genital Warts
- Trichomonas Vaginalis
- Ureaplasma Urealyticum
- Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
- Mycoplasma Genitalium
- Non-specific Urethritis
What are the common symptoms of an STI?
Most STIs can be present without showing any apparent symptoms. However, some people do experience symptoms and these could include:
- Unusual discharge from the penis, vagina or anus
- Pain during sex
- Bleeding after sex or between periods
- Pain on passing urine, or the need to urinate more often
- Infection in the rectum or throat
- Blisters, sores, warts, irritation, rashes or itching near the genitals or anus
- Pelvic or lower abdominal pain
While the only way to prevent definitively against all STIs is to abstain from sex altogether, the safest thing you can do is to use a condom whenever you are having sex.
Regular testing is recommended if you are having regular sexual intercourse, particularly if you have sexual contact with different partners. Regular gynaecological or male genital examinations will also help to make sure that any infection is diagnosed and treated quickly.
Fortunately, most STIs can be easily treated with a simple course of antibiotics. If you have an infection, you can apply for a prescription treatment after taking a short online consultation. If one of our doctors approves you for a prescription, they will recommend suitable treatments for you. All treatments are then delivered from our pharmacy with free next-day delivery.