Choosing to have sex with someone may bring a risk of becoming infected with a disease which could lead to infertility, chronic ill health or a life threatening condition. Sexually Transmitted Infections, known as STIs are on the increase.
Sex is not completely safe with a condom, though when used correctly, these can reduce the risk of some infections such as HIV.
When you have sex with someone, you are at risk of contracting the infections of all previous partners they might have had. The only way to enjoy entirely safe sex is to only have one sexual partner who has not had a previous sexual relationship.
An STI can be passed on through skin/genital contact, not just full penetrative intercourse.
If you have any concerns regarding the above, go and see your own doctor who may refer you to the nearest Genito-Urinary Medicine Clinic which provides a confidential service in diagnosing and treating these infections.
If you suspect you have a sexually transmitted infection then you can go to the York or Harrogate GUM and sexual health clinic, contact details below:
Booking Line: 01904 721111
Monkgate Health Centre
Heatherdene Centre for Sexual Health
This is a combined STI & contraceptive service
If you have had unprotected sex with somebody, we fully recommend that you make an appointment at the GUM clinic to be screened for all sexually transmitted infections. This way you can be sure you have not contracted anything and will not be passing it on to anyone.
For more information including up to date clinic information please visit: http://www.yorsexualhealth.org.uk.