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Sexual transmitted diseases and HIV

Sexually transmitted diseases, or sexually transmitted diseases (STIs), as they are also called, infect the genitals, the mouth and rectum. Some diseases, such as HIV and syphilis, are also transmitted via the blood.

How do I notice if I have a sexually transmitted disease?

Many sexually transmitted diseases (STD) sometimes only cause little or no symptoms, which makes them difficult to detect. It can be difficult to know if you're infected or not. It is therefore important to do regularly check up if you have sex in ways that poses a risk of infection.

Testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and C is free and regulated by the legal Infection Act. Since you can get chlamydia and gonorrhea in the genital, anal, throat and eyes depending on how you have sex, the test must be taken where the infection may have entered the body.

What do I do if I get a sexually transmitted disease?

It is important that you test yourself  after sex if you are unsure of containing any sexually transmitted disease or not. 

RFSU has a clinic that offers counseling, sampling and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. There is also an open house for young people some days of the week.

Visit a health center if you think that you have lice, flatulence or scab as these are not regarded as sexually transmitted diseases.

You can get tested here:

  • Youth guidance center
  • Gynecological center
  • Venereolog clinic
  • Midwife clinic
  • Health center (vårdcentral)

In Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö there are clinics that are speccielized on men who have sex with men.