Sexually Transmitted Infections
STIs are passed on during sex or close sexual contact. You shouldn't be embarrassed about getting an STI; it doesn't make you dirty, you've just been unlucky. However, you can and should take steps to avoid the risk of catching STIs. Many STIs can be carried by either men or women without the carrier having symptoms. The widespread nature of these infections, together with the fact that people often ignore minor symptoms, makes it difficult to know whether you have an STI and impossible to tell if someone else has one (unless they tell you). It is important to practice safe sex to minimise the risk of getting any sexually transmitted infection. It's also worth being informed about STIs so you can seek help as soon as possible, and keep yourself and your partner(s) healthy. If you have reason to believe you may have an infection make an appointment with your GP or at the Laurels, the local Sexual Health Clinic. Even if you think it's unlikely that you have an STI, it is still worthwhile having regular check-ups.
The Laurels, 20 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8DT (just behind the Grafton Centre)
Telephone: 08456 50 51 52
The Laurels is a community-based service that provides contraception, sexual health information and STI Screening. The Laurels provides a friendly, relaxed environment in which to have a 'sexual health check-up', whether you think you may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection or would just like a check-up for peace of mind. It is completely free and entirely confidential – your records ARE NOT disclosed to your GP, or to any other NHS departments.
Many people are put off going to get a check-up due to embarrassment, or worry about what they might find. The Laurels has people on hand to help you with any treatment you may need and in contacting previous sexual partners.