Sexually Transmitted Infections


Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world today, but until recently little was known about this devastating, silent scourge. We explain the causes, the effects – and the means of cure and prevention.


Hepatitis is a disease of the liver caused by poisons in the blood, such as excessive alcohol, as well as by the viruses Hepatitis A, B, C – and, more rarely, Hep D and E.

Genital Herpes

Genital Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus, types 1 (HSV-1) and 2 (HSV-2). Both these strains can cause genital herpes, but HSV-2 is usually responsible. It’s the same virus responsible for cold sores and can be transmitted from the mouth to the genitals through oral sex. The prevalence rate for those carrying genital herpes in the US and UK is approximately one in four to one in five. Only a proportion of these will be symptomatic at any one time, but once you’ve got it, it’s with you for life.


Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection spread through unprotected sex, including oral sex. Initial symptoms, appearing around two to ten days after exposure, include painful urination, a discharge of pus from the penis or heavier than usual vaginal discharge. However, for many people, there are no symptoms.