Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are more common than you probably think. In fact, most people who are sexually active will come into contact with an STI at some point in their life. It’s just reality.
Although STIs are extremely common, there’s good news. Using condoms can hugely reduce the risk of getting an STI, and, if you do get one, treating STIs is easy in most cases – if caught early.
What is an STI?
STIs are infections passed from one person to another by having vaginal, oral, or anal sex. They’re caused by bacteria or a virus.
Many STIs don’t have symptoms, but are often easy to treat if caught early. That’s why regular STI testing is so important
What effects can STIs have?
STIs can cause pain and discomfort. If untreated they can cause long-term, complex health problems.
How can I tell if someone has an STI?
The simple answer is you can’t. Many STIs don’t have symptoms which means that it’s pretty common for someone to have an STI and not know about it. Or they might be showing minimal symptoms and not realise what’s going on. That’s why it’s so important to use a condom when you have penetrative sex (oral, vaginal, or anal).
How can I protect myself from STIs?
The most effective way to avoid STIs is by using condoms for penetrative sex (oral, vaginal, or anal) and having regular STI tests.
Get tested every 6-12 months and when you change partners.
STI tests are super quick and easy and nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. They’re just part of a healthy and confident sex life.