The start of a new year always prompts people to look forward and make plans for the year ahead, but it’s also a great opportunity to look back and check your sexual health.
STIQ (Sexually Transmitted Infections Questions) Day is held annually on 14th January as it marks two weeks since New Year’s Eve, and one month before Valentine’s Day. The awareness day aims to get people thinking about their sexual health and encourage people to get more regular sexual health checks.
You don't have to have had a lot of sexual partners to get a Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI). Anyone who has sex, regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation, can contract an infection.
Some STIs, such as chlamydia, often don’t cause any obvious symptoms. Conditions like syphilis can cause a painless ulcer or sore, that can easily be missed, so many people carrying it don't know they've been infected.
Other STIs don't cause symptoms straight away, for example it could take several months before someone shows symptoms of genital warts.
Condoms and lubricant help to protect against both STIs and pregnancy, when used correctly (including size). It is quick and easy to pick up Free Condoms and lubricant from over 300 venues across Glasgow & Clyde, including pharmacies and health centres. We don't need your name, address or any other personal details, just head along to a Free Condoms venue which is most convenient for you.
If you are sexually active, you should get a sexual health check up every 6 months, or more often if you have had unprotected sex (without using a condom). It can take some time between catching an infection and showing up on a test, so wait at least 2 weeks after you think you might have been infected before coming to see us, unless of course you do have some symptoms.
To arrange a Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) test, phone us on 0141 211 8130 and make an appointment.