sexual health

Blogs about sexual health.

Everything you need to know about chlamydia


What is chlamydia? Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacterial infection transmitted through sexual contact (semen or vaginal fluid). Infection can occur via vaginal, anal, and oral sex and even when a man does not ejaculate. It is treated with antibiotic, usually azithromycin … Continue reading


This Week in Health News: The First Penis Transplant in the USA, and Should Men Over 40 Avoid Having Children?


Doctors have performed the first penis transplant in the USA

A prominent health news story over the last few days has been the reporting on the first penis transplant in the USA. The story may make many readers wince, but as the doctors who performed the operation have pointed out, … Continue reading


What is Super Gonorrhoea and How To Avoid It?


Super Gonorrhea is a drug resistant sexually transmitted bacterial infection. When one is infected the normal symptoms would include thick yellow discharge from the genitals, pains during urination and bleeding between periods. These symptoms are not observed immediately; it takes … Continue reading


Soft Laser for vaginal rejuvenation: an intimate makeover


Getting older may be scary, especially for women. One day, you will realise that you are just human: the body changes occurring with aging result in changes in function and in appearance. In the contemporary society, which increasingly values youth … Continue reading


Early Symptoms of HIV


HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is responsible for causing AIDS (Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrome). If you have contracted HIV infection, finding its early symptoms can help you slow the progression of disease down, while manage to control the disease efficiently. Acute Retroviral … Continue reading


Effective Treatment of Genital Herpes


Genital herpes is one of the most common yet silent sexually transmitted diseases (Gerbase, et al., 1998). With effective treatment, the disease can be nipped in the bud before it spreads in the body and becomes serious. Genital Herpes Genital … Continue reading


Does the ‘Season of goodwill’ truly apply to all?


Christians and atheists alike are all looking forward to Christmas. We are lucky to live in a multicultural and diverse-religion society and although not all religions celebrate Christmas, the air of  festivity is felt throughout the land. As a nation … Continue reading


HIV is not AIDS



Charlie Sheen’s very recent and very public admission that he is carrying the HIV virus has hit all the headlines. Of course although a very private thing for him he felt he had to ‘come out’ to put an end … Continue reading


Chlamydia: “The Silent Infection’s” Symptoms in Men


Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is notorious for its lack of symptoms – especially in women. The infection is caused by bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis, and in up to half of the cases of confirmed chlamydia, an … Continue reading


‘The clap’ hits the 21st century


Gonorrhoea, that most ancient of sexually transmitted diseases is back in the news again! First described as ‘the clap’ in the 16th century and possibly even referred to as ‘zav’ or ‘zavah’ in biblical times, the gonococcus (N. gonorrhoeaea)  has … Continue reading


Transgender community ‘galvanises’ Eddie Redmayne by their kindness and openness



At a recent press conference at the Venice Film Festival, Eddie Redmayne was discussing his new role playing the transgender artist Lili Elbe in his new film ‘The Danish girl’. In typical Redmayne fashion, the Oscar-winning actor wanted to immerse … Continue reading


What to do if you suspect you have an STI


Packaged Condom in a Jean Pocket

If you think you may have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it’s important to act fast. Even if you’re anxious, it’s vital that you don’t make the mistake of burying your head in the sand and simply hoping the problem … Continue reading


Smear Test Saved My Life!


To me, it is a no brainer!  If someone says to you, would you like a test that could potentially save your life, then the answer should be ‘yes, yes, yes!’ I am utterly shocked that in this day and … Continue reading


Home Testing: A Revolution in Sexual Health?


When it comes to sexual health, knowledge is power. Many people have HIV and other conditions without knowing it. They might lack any symptoms, so they put off the testing that would enable them to get treatment – and to … Continue reading


Should Boys be Vacccinated against HPV?


Doctor giving a woman a vaccination

As today marks the start of talkhealth’s online clinic on Sexual Health, I thought it appropriate to write about the most common form of sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the UK. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is very common. There are over … Continue reading


One-Night Stand: 3 Insane Tips To Keep It Safe And Successful


Along with house parties, learning how to cook and – yes – actually getting a degree, one-night stands can be an exciting part of the university experience for many. A university student’s sex life is definitely more fluid – it … Continue reading


London Youths at Greatest Risk of STIs


With more than 3 million people in London affected by STIs every year, the young people of the capital city are at a greater risk of contracting sexual health problems than any other part of the UK. With serious effects … Continue reading


Are Plastics Affecting Your Libido?


Low libido can be due to many causes, and progesterone does stimulate sex drive in women, but there is also a hidden factor in your everyday life that may be having an effect too. A frequent question for women at … Continue reading


Link between alcohol & risky sexual behaviour during the World Cup



The Family Planning Association have undertaken a survey of more than 2,000 adults in the UK designed to find out more about drinking and sexual health/behaviour during the World Cup. They have discovered that alcohol plays a part in risky … Continue reading


I wish I’d done it sooner


One of our patients Daniel from Bournemouth was very worried about HIV. He thought he may have caught it after having unprotected sex. He worried about it for a whole year. We were able to perform an instant test, and he … Continue reading


Do you know what you are giving your partner for Christmas this year?


Everyone likes to get into the festive spirit at Christmas but our friends over at The STI Clinic have put together this video called “Christmas Surprises” to remind us it’s not always all fun and games. Have a watch and … Continue reading


Testosterone Deficiency: Should You Get Tested?


I received an email a few days back about someone having problems with his sexual drive. The email sender said his testosterone levels were found to be lower than normal. He then mentioned TestRush, a supplement that claims to boost … Continue reading


Pfizer’s UK patent expires – but what does this mean for the patient?


Young Man in Boxer Shorts. Model Released

In recent weeks you will have no doubt heard or seen reports about changes to Viagra and Pfizer’s patent on the drug. Since 1998 Pfizer has owned the patent on Viagra, which means in has had exclusive rights to the … Continue reading


STI diagnoses hit 450,000 in England


STIs on the increase in the under 25s

According to Public Health England, diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections have risen to almost half a million in England in the last year with the highest rates of STIs in young people under the age of 25. This represents a … Continue reading


Sweden has been named ‘STI Capital’ of Europe


Britain comes 3rd in the top 10 European STI league

Britain comes third in the list of top European countries that sought STI treatment. SWEDEN has been named as the sexually transmitted infection (STI) hotspot of Europe by a leading online clinic. Data taken from more than 3,500 consultations for … Continue reading


HPV Vaccination: Why Parents Have Second Thoughts – and Why They Shouldn’t


Nobody likes needles – despite being small, they can make even a grown man cry. But needles reach a new level of “scary” among parents with the advent of HPV vaccination as they ask themselves, “Do I have to give … Continue reading


Reported cases of gonorrhoea up by 25%


Gonorrhoea cases increase

According to the newspapers today, reported cases of gonorrhoea are soaring amid warnings that sexually transmitted diseases are becoming resistant to treatments. Diagnosed cases are up by a quarter to around 21,000 in 2011. As a result the Health Protection … Continue reading


10 Weird Names for The Condom From Around The World


Rubber, johnny, hazmat suit, whatever term you use, you can’t deny that there are plenty of names for the ‘condom.’ But English isn’t the only language with a penchant for amusing prophylactic slang. Here are some of DrEd’s favourites from … Continue reading