STI Clinic

STI Clinic

STI Clinic

Look after your sexual health with our professional STI testing service and treatments from NationWide Pharmacies

Welcome to our STI Clinic

Sexually transmitted infections (STI's)are a growing problem in the UK and if left untreated can lead to serious long term health issues.

Anyone engaging in unprotected sex is at risk of contracting an STI so if you have recently had sex without a condom we recommend that you should take an STI test. Not everyone with an STI will have signs and symptoms of the condition however common physical symptoms may include discharge, pain or ulcers. If  STI's are left undetected and untreated they may result in serious complications and in some cases infertility.

STI Test Services Test Kits

NationWide Pharmacies have teamed up with the leading UK pathology laboratory to give you a premium service for STI testing 

Male Test's: Chlamydia,  Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea (Combined), Premium 7 STI screen

Female Test's:  Chlamydia,  Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea (Combined), Bacterial Vaginosis, Premium 7 STI screen 

 

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STI Treatments:

If you or your partner have already tested positive for an STI, NationWide Pharmacies can provide a range of treatments for chlamydia, herpes, genital warts and bacterial vaginosis. If you think you have an STI but are unsure it is recommended that you first use our STI test service first to confirm the infection. Our test service includes a free course of treatment if you test positive for chlamydia.

 

Chlamydia Treatment (Azithromycin)

Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK especially in the 16-24 age group. The infection is caused by the spread of bacteria (Chlamydia Trachomatis) during unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex. In many cases (50% of men and 70-80% of women) there are no obvious symptoms, however in some cases symptoms will show between 1-3 weeks after unprotected sex. If left untreated the Chlamydia bacteria can spread and cause further long-term problems including infertility.

Treatment: Azithromycin (oral antibiotic tablets)

Manufactured by Mylan

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Genital Herpes Treatment (Aciclovir)

Genital herpes is a common STI caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) which is spread through skin to skin contact during sexual intercourse. HSV remains in your body and can become active again. The average rate of recurrence is four to five times in the first two years after being infected. However, over time, it becomes active less frequently and each outbreak becomes less severe.

Treatment: Aciclovir (oral antiviral tablets)

Manufactured by Almus

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Genital Warts Treatment (Aldara Cream)

Genital herpes is a common STI caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) which is spread through skin to skin contact during sexual intercourse. HSV remains in your body and can become active again. The average rate of recurrence is four to five times in the first two years after being infected. However, over time, it becomes active less frequently and each outbreak becomes less severe.

Treatment: Aldara 5% Cream

Manufactured by Meda

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Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment (Metronidazole)

Bacterial Vaginosis is a common condition in women caused by a disturbance in the balance of bacteria in the vagina. Although not an actual STI bacterial vaginosis can cause a fishy smelling, greyish discharge from the vagina. However, half of women with bacterial vaginosis have no symptoms.

Treatment: Metronidazole (oral antibiotic tablets)

Manufactured by Almus

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What are sexually transmitted infections (STI's)?

Sexually transmitted infections (STI's) are infections spread from person to person through unprotected sexual activity including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Although STI's can have distinctive symptoms, in many cases there are no visible symptoms which has led to many cases being undiagnosed. Up to 50% of men and 70% of women who are diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhoea show no visible symptoms of the infection.

 

Most common STI's:

There are three main types of STI, bacterial (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, Syphilis), viral (genital warts, genital herpes, HIV) and parasitic (pubic lice, scabies). In the UK the most commonly diagnosed STI's are chlamydia, gonorrhoea and genital warts although there has also been a rise in the number of cases of syphilis.

 

Treating STI's:

Treatment for STI's varies depending on the infection type. Bacterial infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea can be treated with a single dose course of antibiotics. Viral infections such as herpes will require an anti-viral treatment to fight the outbreak. You can click on the treatments above to find out more about them.