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Sex without using a condom can put you at greater risk of getting a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). On this page you can find general information about STIs including what an STI is, how to protect yourself from catching an STI, and where you can go if you are worried that you might have an infection.

What is an STI?

Some infections can pass to another person through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, by genital contact or through sharing sex toys. Infections spread in this way are known as STIs.

Safer sex involves using condoms correctly every time you have sex. If you don’t use a condom, you are at higher risk of catching an STI.

If you are worried that you might have an STI, please book an appointment at a local sexual health clinic or with your GP (see video 4 for more information). It is possible to have an STI without knowing it, which can then be passed on to your partner.

More information on STIs or Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) can be found at www.friskywales.org

How to protect yourself from STIs?

Use male or female condoms every time you have vaginal or anal sex. Avoid sharing sex toys.

There is more information about how you can protect yourself from STIs available on this website: www.sexwise.org.uk

Where you can go for a check up?

You can get full testing and treatment from a GUM or sexual health clinic, your GP or a contraception clinic. You can ask to book an appointment or use a walk in service (if they are available) at the clinic of your choosing.

Some services will allow you to order a free home test kit that can provide an STI kit you can use to test yourself at home and then post, before receiving the result via text, email or post.

All advice and information about where you can go for check-up can be found here: www.friskywales.org


If you regularly have different sexual partners, or you are not sure if you have HIV or not, then you should go and get tested. There are three ways you can do this:

  • Order a home test kit for free from www.friskywales.org – they will post you a finger-prick blood test kit which you can then post back before receiving the result via text
  • Find your nearest sexual health clinic and ask about HIV testing and they will guide you through it.
  • Discuss with your GP

It is important to raise awareness and to challenge the stigma against HIV. Always remember to support each other and include each other so we can try to remove the negative attitude around HIV.

This project was funded by Comic Relief's LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Recovery Fund, in partnership with METRO Charity and Umbrella Cymru.
All the information below was supplied by Cardiff Royal Infirmary Sexual Health Clinic.

We are determined to make sure that all sexual health information is available in BSL as well as English, to ensure that everyone has equal access to it. Providing accessible sexual health information for all is a human right and as such it is vitally important that this information is communicated clearly in all native languages.




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