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It's pretty easy to stay free of sexually transmitted infectionsHow to avoid STIs
No, Umbrella clinics don’t carry out cervical screening tests. Women aged 25 – 64 who are registered with a GP practice should receive a letter inviting them to have tests as required.
Yes, being wet and warm, the mouth provides the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Infections such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia and herpes are all prime candidates.
Flavoured condoms and dental dams are designed to help prevent the transmission of STIs through oral sex. However, the majority of people choose not to use them.
If you suspect your partner may have had an infection or if you've developed a sore throat, or have unusual mucus/discharge in your mouth then it's worth visiting your local Umbrella clinic.
To be perfectly safe you should always use condoms and dental dams for oral sex.
Health workers have to keep anything you tell them private but they will usually encourage you to talk to your parent or carer.
If a health worker thinks there is a risk to your health, safety or welfare they might need to share your information with someone else. The risk would need to be serious and the health worker would usually discuss this with you first.
If it’s been less than 72 hours since the condom broke, you may be able to take medication that could keep you from getting infected with HIV, even if your partner is HIV-positive. This medication is called post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual exposure to HIV (PEPSE).
If it’s been longer than 72 hours, PEPSE will not protect you from HIV, and you will need to explore HIV testing options. In most cases, you will have to wait at least 2 weeks after possible exposure to infection before an HIV test can provide accurate results.