About the Infections Tested For
Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted infection that is often symptomless so people frequently don’t realise they have it. It is very easily treated with a course of antibiotics. If left untreated though, it can cause serious complications in the reproductive system, including fertility problems and, in women, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and increased risk of miscarriage.
Gonorrhea is also a very common sexually transmitted infection. It often doesn’t have obvious symptoms, but where there are symptoms these normally include pain when urinating and a discharge (from the tip of the penis in men and from the vagina in women). It is easy to treat with antibiotics, but if left untreated it causes serious health complications, like fertility problems and, in women, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
Genital Herpes is a viral infection. It is caused by the Herpes Simplex or cold sore virus. It results in painful blisters (cold sores) on the genitals.
Trichomonas is normally symptomless in men, but women often experience a vaginal discharge as a result. It is caused by a tiny germ, like a bacteria.
Mycoplasma affects men and women. It is caused by a tiny parasitic bacterium.
Gardnerella Vaginalis, also known as Bacterial Vaginosis, can cause a fishy smelling, greyish coloured vaginal discharge in women and urethritis (an inflammation of the urethra) in men. If you test positive for this, you only need to treat it if you’ve got symptoms.
It is common to find the bacterium Ureaplasma in the sexually active population. Most people who are infected with it have no problems, but it can cause urethritis (an inflammation of the urethra).
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