STI home testing - how does it work?

Not showing symptoms? A postal testing kit could work for you. Read more

Safe Sex and STIs - a guide for lesbians

Think lesbians aren't at risk of STIs? Think again. Read more

About STIs

Why should you get tested for STIs? Read more


Chlamydia is a bacterial infection. It is most commonly passed on by having sex without a condom. Read more


Crabs, or pubic lice, are tiny brown bloodsucking insects, so called because of their crablike claws, which allow them to hold on to pubic hair. Read more

Genital warts

Warts are abnormal skin growths caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Read more

Glandular fever (mono)

Glandular fever, also known as 'mono' or, to give it its full title, mononucleosis. Read more


Gonorrhoea, or 'the clap', is a bacterial infection Read more

Hepatitis A

The best way to prevent hepatitis A is by getting vaccinated. Read more

Hepatitis B

The hepatitis B virus is in blood, cum, urine, spit and poo, as well as other body fluids of a person who's infected. Read more

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is not as easily passed on as hepatitis A or hepatitis B, but it can cause long term damage to your health and there is no vaccine to prevent it. Read more


Herpes is a virus that is spread by skin to skin contact. Read more

HPV (human papilloma virus)

HPV - human papilloma virus - is the name for a group of viruses that can affect your skin, anus/rectum, mouth and throat. Read more

LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum)

LGV is short for lymphogranuloma venereum. It is a form of the common sexually transmitted infection chlamydia. Read more

MCV (molluscum contagiosum virus)

Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection that is caused by a virus. Read more

NSP (non-specific proctitis)

NSP, or non-specific proctitis, is an infection similar to NSU except that it is found in the arse rather than in the urethra. Read more


Syphilis is a bacterial infection which is most usually transmitted through sex without a condom and oral... Read more

NSU (non-specific urethritis)

NSU, or non-specific urethritis to give it its full name, is an infection of the urethra – the tube inside your penis that you pee or pass semen through. Read more


Scabies is a skin disease caused by a tiny parasitic mite that lives just under the surface of your skin. Scabies can be spread by any form of skin-to-skin contact and can also be caught from infested clothing, sheets or towels. Read more


Shigella (or bacillary dysentery) is a bacterial infection which you can get by coming into contact with poo. Read more

What you need to know about STIs

Using condoms will protect you from many STIs, and many of them are easily cured or can be vaccinated against. However, the transmission of some STIs is very difficult to prevent, even if you have safer sex. Read more

I always use condoms but could I have HIV?

When it comes to sex and relationships there is no such thing as a stupid question. Here are our answers to some of the things you asked us via the GMFA website. Read more