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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

How do I prevent getting an STI?

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If you’re having sex, especially with a lot of different partners, then chances are you may eventually be exposed to an STI. Unfortunately, there is no perfect way to protest against all STIs because:  

  • unlike HIV, many do not require exposure to semen or HIV.
  • they can be spread through skin to skin contact or oral contact.
  • some STIs do not produce symptoms, making them impossible to see.

Here are some ways you can help reduce your exposure to STIs:

  1. Using condoms and lubricant will definitely reduce your risk of exposure when having anal sex, especially for STIs that produce sores inside the anus that you are unable to see.
  1. Look and see if your sex partner has any visible symptoms of STIs including sores or discharge around their mouth, penis, or anus.  If you see something that concerns you, you should avoid having sex until they can treated. Learn about the common symptoms and what these STI’s look like, here.
  1. Keep aware of your own health and any possible STI symptoms you may have. Having an STI can increase your likelihood of contracting others, including HIV. In fact, you are up to 5 times more likely to get HIV or to infect a partner if you have Syphilis. This is because of the sores produced by STIs make it easier for HIV to get into your body. If you notice any symptoms, you should seek treatment right away.