What are sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

STIs are infections that are passed from one person to another through sexual contact. They can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites.

How do STIs spread?

STIs can spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. They can also spread through contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids.

What are the symptoms of STIs?

The symptoms of STIs vary depending on the type of infection. Some STIs may cause no symptoms at all, while others can cause serious health problems.

How can I protect myself from STIs?

There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from STIs, including: – Using condoms every time you have sex – Getting vaccinated against hepatitis B and HPV – Reducing your number of sex partners – Being in a mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner

What should I do if I think I have an STI?

If you think you may have an STI, it is important to see a doctor right away. They can test you for STIs and provide treatment if necessary.

Treatment for STIs

Treatment for STIs varies depending on the type of infection. Some STIs can be cured with antibiotics, while others can only be managed.

The importance of getting tested for STIs

It is important to get tested for STIs regularly, even if you have no symptoms. This is because some STIs can cause serious health problems if they are not treated early.

Talking to your partner about STIs

It is important to talk to your sexual partners about STIs before you have sex. This will help you to make informed decisions about how to protect yourself and your partner.

Resources for more information about STIs

There are a number of resources available for more information about STIs. You can talk to your doctor, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, or contact a local sexual health clinic.

Protect yourself and your partners from STIs

STIs are a serious health problem, but they are preventable. By taking steps to protect yourself and your partners, you can reduce your risk of getting an STI.