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Sexual health and contraception

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An STI, or sexually transmitted infection, is any kind of bacterial or viral infection that can be passed on through unprotected sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex.

It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve had sex or how many partners you’ve had and anyone can get an STI.

The signs and symptoms

STIs don’t always show symptoms and if you have unprotected sex, you should always get tested as soon as you can. This is to check whether you need to be treated and to make sure you don’t pass anything on to other sexual partners.

You might also want to consider emergency contraception to protect yourself from pregnancy.

Protecting yourself from STIs

To protect yourself from STIs, you need to use a condom or female condom every time you have sex. Even if you’re using another method of contraception, such as the pill or the injection, you should still always use a condom as well to avoid getting an STI.


Contraception refers to  methods that are used to prevent pregnancy. Contraception is free on the NHS for all ages so you don’t have to worry about paying anything. You can get free contraception from a range of places including GP surgeriesGUM or sexual health clinics and family planning services.

There is also a type of contraception called emergency contraception that can be used for up to 3-5 days after unprotected sex, to prevent pregnancy.

Remember, even if you’re using contraception, unprotected sex always puts you at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

If you’d like to find out more, the NHS and Brook (sexual health & wellbeing for under 25s) both provide lots of helpful information on sexual health and contraception.