Sexually Transmitted Infections
Up to a quarter of students may catch an STI during their time at university, and many of these - such as chlamydia - commonly show no symptoms. Left untreated, STIs can severely impact your health and even cause fertility problems in later life.
It doesn't matter what your gender or sexual orientation is. STIs are transferred through physical contact and bodily fluids, meaning that as long as you're sexually active, you can catch and transmit an STI. You can find out more about the different types of STIs and how they are transmitted at the NHS website: here.
If you’ve recently had sex and notice something feels off -- such as discomfort, irritation or sores -- it’s essential you talk to a doctor or nurse as soon as possible. But since many STIs show no symptoms, you can’t ever be 100% sure you’re not infected just by how you look or feel. That’s why it’s essential to always use protection and get regularly tested at your local sexual health clinic.
Getting tested might sound intimidating, but don’t worry! Most common STIs can be easily cured or managed with antibiotics and treatment. The longer you put it off, however, the more you risk your health, and the health of your partners.