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CAITHNESS & SUTHERLAND
Department of Genitourinary Medicine
Caithness General Hospital
Wick
KW1 5NS
Tel:  01955 605050 (appointments during clinic times)
Tel:  01463 704202 (appointments outside clinic times - Consultant's secretary)
Opening times:
1st/3rd Mon evening of each month  6.00pm - 8.30pm

RAIGMORE HOSPITAL
Department of Genitourinary Medicine
Raigmore Hospital
Old Perth Road
Inverness
IV2 3UJ
Tel:  01463 704202
Fax:  01463 705770
Opening times:
Mon  1.00pm - 4.30pm
Tue  9.30am - 12.30pm
Wed  1.00pm – 7.00pm (Same day HIV testing 8.45am – 10.30am)
Fri  9.30am – 12.30pm

Reach Out Highland
A comprehensive service in Highland with aims as follows -
to promote sexual health and well-being, without discrimination, to all sections of the Highland community
to provide information, practical and emotional support, and referrals to appropriate agencies on the subject of sexual health
to encourage service users, as appropriate to take responsibility for their own health and well-being
to enable those people in the community who are sexually active, or who are about to become sexually active, to make informed choices to provide education and awareness on issues relating to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) to foster understanding, support and a spirit of non-discrimination for those affected/infected by HIV, as well as men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women to challenge prejudice and stigma on issues relating to sexual health and lifestyles.
Our free, confidential and anonymous services……

British Association For Sexual Health & HIV

Chlamydia 1993 - 2003 in Scotland

Syphilis Is Back

Condoms

Putting On A Condom

Sex Topics From BBC Radio

Genito Urinary Tract Problems

See Also
Aids / HIV
Alternative Therapies
Dieting

Family Planning
Fitness

Health Links
Menstrual Cycle Calculator - FREE
Nursing

Nutrition

Health Shopping

Safer Sex Guide

Love Hurts - Panorama Programme

How the STI epidemic is overwhelming Britain's sexual health service.
Ignore the warnings in this programme at your peril.  Sexually transmitted diseases in Britain are rising fast and they can have a dramatic affect on your life. Sexually transmitted disease clinics are overwhelmed with new patients and there can be long waiting times meaning you get worse.
the big dangers are  -
Chlamydia - danger of making you infertile and not able to have children.
HIV/Aids - Incurable
Syphylis -
Cured if caught in time
Gonorrhoea -
Curable but rotten symptoms if treatment delayed.
Genital Warts Condoms may not protect you as skin contact can spread the infection.

Candidiasis (Thrush)
Can be spread by sexual intercourse

Other Dangers
Parasites
Pubic Lice (Crabs)
Scabies

More Problems
Genital Herpes

Above are some of the more common infections and problems but there are plenty of others for the unwary.  Check more out at Sexually Transmitted Infections
More information on what you might catch from having more than one sexual partner or one who is unfaithful.

How Can You Avoid Problems?
Don't Drink Too Much Alcohol.  This often leads into situations you might otherwise avoid.  Is a one night stand worth years of problems which at worst might ruin your chances of having children or finding a decent partner.  Think about and then you decide.

Avoid having sex more than one partner and only do so with someone you trust to be faithful.  Remember people happily settled with a partner have more sex than singles cruising the bars.

Remember gay relationships carry all the same risks and the same advice applies.

This is all very good and well but there are plenty of web sites with much more advice and information .  Search on www.google.co.uk and you will certainly find out what you need to know.  Then act on it.  Lead your life.  Don't be led.

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