Sexually Transmitted Infections – Easy read

An STI is an infection that you can get when you have sex.

An STI can make you very ill.

You may get some bad smelling fluid leaking from your penis or vagina.

It may hurt when you go to the toilet.

It may hurt when you have sex.

You might notice some lumps or bumps that weren’t there before.

Sometimes there might not be any signs at all.

If you have had sex with someone and you didn’t use a condom, you should come and see us.

If you call us on 0300 303 3989 we can arrange to see you.

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Accessing our service

In response to the emergence of COVID-19 we have implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

We are currently experiencing high demand for our Sexual Health Services across Devon and Torbay with unprecedented demand in Exeter. Please note always review urgent cases the same day. If your need is urgent and you are struggling to reach us keep trying as our phone system will explain how to access same-day care with us.

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception here.

Self-requested STI testing by post is available for those aged under 25- more info

We are now running an under 18’s sit and wait clinic at Exeter, Torquay, and Barnstaple for more information click here

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - from a local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills and LARC procedures - obtained from your GP
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info