Sexual Health

STI Tests

In 2021, there was a total of 4,002,827 consultations at SHSs, a 15.7% increase compared to 2020 and an increase of 3.9% since 2019

Sexual Health​

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Are A Widespread Problem In The UK.​​

Anyone can be affected by an STI as they occur across all age groups, sexualities and sexual histories. Many people won’t even be aware that they are infected as these infections can often remain hidden for months or years at a time.

This is why it is so important to protect yourself and your partners by using condoms and going for STI screening. The only way that you can be sure you aren’t affected by STIs is to get tested and complete the treatment if necessary.

Over 500 million new and curable STIs occur worldwide each year. With this figure rising year on year, and the increasing emergence of antimicrobial resistance to current STI treatments, the need for STI detection and monitoring is critical and presents an increasing challenge to world public health. 

Untreated STIs can lead to major health problems in men, women and newborns, however most STIs are easily treated if detected early, although in many cases they are asymptomatic and remain undiagnosed, increasing the risk of unhindered spread.

Detectable pathogens

  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Neisseria gonorrhoea
  • Herpes simplex 1
  • Herpes simplex 2
  • Treponema pallidum
  • Mycoplasma hominis
  • Ureaplasma urealticum
  • Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Haemophilius ducreyi
  • Trichomonas vaginalis