SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STIs)
Looking for STI support services? the lowdown are here to help! We provide free counselling and advice to young people aged 12-25yrs across Northampton.
Sexually transmitted infections (sometimes called Sexually Transmitted Diseases or STD’s) are passed on through unprotected vaginal, oral, or anal sex or through genital contact with someone who has an STI.
If you have unprotected sex, you are putting yourself at risk of getting an STI. You may have no symptoms at all and be unaware you have an STI and need treatment. If left undetected, and therefore untreated, some STIs can lead to long term problems like infertility (in both males and females) which can lead to difficulties getting pregnant or fathering a child. You also have the risk of passing the infection on to someone else. You can be checked for all STI’s in a free and confidential way at Northampton General GUM or at the Sexual Health Clinic of any hospital in the UK. All STIs can be easily treated, but some of them cannot, at present, be cured.
You’re not alone
Since 1995 there have been large increases in the number of people diagnosed with STIs, particularly women in their late teens and men in their early twenties. We understand that it can feel difficult or embarrassing to talk about STIs and you may be reluctant to get tested, but there is free and confidential support available to help you with this and early diagnosis and treatment can prevent the development of longer term problems.
We can help
We helped 483 people like you deal with STI’s last year. We can provide free and confidential testing for Chlamydia, STI referrals, and provide you with free condoms to help you minimise the risk of contracting or passing on an STI. We have loads of information leaflets around STI’s and are here to listen and help you. We will not inform your GP or anyone else that you have been to the lowdown for testing or information.
Get in touch if you’re worried about sexually transmitted infections
Drop in, make an appointment or call us on 01604 622223 for free, confidential and non-judgmental counselling and support.
We know it can feel like a big step to take, but we’re here for you.