Sexually Transmitted Infections:
Diagnosis and treatment/management of all common sexually transmissible infections including:-
Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is typically passed from one person to another whilst having sex. The bacteria that cause Syphilis are called Treponema Pallidum.
Provided that Syphilis infections are diagnosed early, treatment is relatively easy. Treatment typically involves the use of antibiotics, usually via Penicillin injections.
Caused by the bacteria Neisseria Gonorrhoeae, this sexually transmitted infection is typically passed from one person to another via unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.
Treatment of Gonorrhoea typically involves a single antibiotic injection followed by a single antibiotic tablet. This treatment is generally very effective and symptoms normally improve within a few days.
Herpes is a common infection caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), which if left untreated can result in painful blisters on the genitals and surrounding areas.
Whilst there's no cure for Herpes, the symptoms can typically be controlled by using antiviral medicines.
- Genital Warts
In England, Genital Warts are the second most common type of sexually transmitted infection. They are small fleshy growths or bumps that appear near the genital or anal area.
They are caused by a viral skin infection called the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is typically passed from one person to another during vaginal or anal sex.
Thrush is a condition that most women will experience at some point. It's caused by a yeast like substance called Candida Albicans which most women have in their Vagina.
Whilst Thrush is relatively harmless it can cause itching, irritation and swelling of the vagina. Thrush can be easily treated using a tablet or anti-thrush pessaries.
- Bacterial Vaginosis
Bacterial Vaginosis is a common but often misunderstood condition that causes the balance of bacteria inside the vagina to become disrupted. It does not cause itching or soreness but often causes unusual vaginal discharge.
Bacterial Vaginosis is typically successfully treated by a short course of antibiotic tablets or by use of an antibacterial gel that is applied to the inside of the vagina.
- Non-gonococcal Urethritis (NGU)
The term Non-gonococcal Urethritis refers to a type of Urethritis that is not caused by Gonorrhea. In Women, NGU rarely has any symptoms but in men symptoms can include pain whilst urinating, a sore and irritated penis or a cloudy discharge from the top of the penis.
NGU is usually treated with Antibiotics and most cases symptoms clear up after roughly two weeks.
- HIV / Aids
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Post exposure testing and prophylaxis for Chlamydia, Hepatitis and others. HIV Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) if sexually exposed to someone with HIV in the previous 72 hours.