What's it like to have an sexually transmitted infection (STI)? You don't need to have sex with lots of people to get one, and many STIs don't have any symptoms. However, if left untreated, STIs can cause long-term health problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, swollen or painful testicles, arthritis, infertility and even meningitis.
Avoiding STIs is as easy as using a condom. As part of Public Health England's "Protect against STIs: use a condom" campaign, iCaSH is working with partner organisations to highlight the many ways young people in particular can access free condoms to keep themselves healthy and STI-free.
You can get free condoms at your local iCaSH clinic (across Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Bedfordshire), find out about the free c-card scheme or access Public Health England's nationwide campaign resources here. If you already have condoms, don't miss this Sexwise guide on how to use them correctly.
If you think you might have an STI but don't have any symptoms, you can also order an express STI test to your door here. If you have symptoms, call us on 0300 300 3030 to book an appointment.
What does it feel like to have an STI? Watch the video below: