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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

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What is an STI? 

Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are infections which can be passed from one person to another during sexual contact. There are many different types of STIs. Not all of them have obvious symptoms, so it is easy to have an STI without knowing. Most STIs can be cured and all are treatable. But if left untreated, STIs can have long term effects on your health.  

How are STIs transmitted? 

The most common ways that STIs can be transmitted (passed from one person to another) are through: 

STI symptoms 

Many STIs often have no symptoms, which is why it is important to get tested regularly.  When STIs do cause symptoms, they usually develop in the genital area. The genital area includes the vagina, vulva, anus/rectum/bottom, penis and testicles.

STI symptoms can include: 

Protecting yourself from STIs 

The best way to protect yourself from most STIs is by: 

Common STIs 

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