STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease and is a collective term for diseases that are mainly transmitted through sexual contact. On average, 5% of all people have had an STD at one time or another. It is estimated that more than 450,000 people in the UK contract an STD each year. If untreated, some STDs can lead to serious consequences. The good news is that most STDs are treatable.

Most STDs are passed on through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex. They can also be spread through sharing sex toys. People can be infected with an STD without knowing and therefore be unaware that they are passing it on. Some STDs are also transmitted via blood and can be passed by contact from contaminated tattoo needles or drug use. The most common STD symptoms include pain, itching and irritation around the genitals. Women with an STD often have excessive vaginal discharge.

STDs should be treated at an early stage to prevent complications and, in a worst case scenario, irreversible damage. If you feel awkward or uncomfortable about visiting your GP you can browse through our selection of STD products here. offers various STD home testing kits, but it is also possible to receive appropriate treatment directly and order the suitable medicine online if you suspect you might have an STD.