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If you're sexually active, then you are at risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection.
Anyone who has sex can catch a sexually transmitted infection (STI) no matter what their age, so it's important to find out how to avoid infection, how to get tested or treated, and how to protect your sexual health. This can prevent health complications for you and your sexual partners.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are caused by viruses and bacteria which are passed on during sexual intercourse. STIs affect one in nine people. Many are easily treated, but some (including HIV) are not.
It is not always obvious if you or your partner has an STI, as many STIs have no symptoms. The best thing to do is make sure you practice safe sex, and always use a condom during sexual activity. If you are worried that you may have come into contact with an STI, visit your family doctor or local genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinic immediately.
Essex Sexual Health Service (ESHS) provide a full range of sexual health services across Essex. You can make an appointment, visit a walk in clinic, or use the test at home option. The service is commissioned by Essex County Council, and is available to anyone with a valid Essex postcode (excluding Southend and Thurrock areas). For further information, and clinic locations, please visit the ESHS website, or call them on: 0300 0031212. For services in Southend and Thurrock, please visit the Southend University Hospital and Thurrock Council websites for details.
Visit your local GP for advice on contraception and other advice on sexual health.
The NHS Choices website provides detailed information on contraception, sexually transmitted infections, practising safe sex, fertility, and a range of other issues. It also provides specific advice and sex education for younger people.
The Family Planning Association website has straightforward information, advice, and support on all aspects of sexual health, sex, and relationships.
The BBC World Services Sexwise page provides information on sexual well-being, choices, and rights.
The Easy Health website has gathered together various easy-read leaflets which will help people with learning disabilities to understand more:
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