Sexually Transmitted Infections – Easy read

An STI is an infection that you can get when you have sex.

An STI can make you very ill.

You may get some bad smelling fluid leaking from your penis or vagina.

It may hurt when you go to the toilet.

It may hurt when you have sex.

You might notice some lumps or bumps that weren’t there before.

Sometimes there might not be any signs at all.

If you have had sex with someone and you didn’t use a condom, you should come and see us.

If you call us on 0300 303 3989 we can arrange to see you.

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Accessing our service during the COVID pandemic

We have implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.

Self-requested STI testing by post is available for those aged under 25- more info

We are now running an under 18’s sit and wait clinic at Exeter, Torquay, and Barnstaple for more information click here

Despite any changes made to COVID risk measures outside of NHS premises our staff, patients and visitors will be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting our clinics, including wearing a face covering. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been requested to self-isolate please do not attend the clinic.

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - from a local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills and LARC procedures - obtained from your GP
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info