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What are STIs?

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that spread from person to person through intimate contact. This includes oral sex (blowjobs & lick-outs), vaginal and anal intercourse, and also through skin-to-skin genital contact.

If STIs are left untreated, some can cause serious health problems, such as infertility (not being able to have a baby) and even death (in the case of HIV/AIDS). Some STIs will give you symptoms like itching around the genitals and pain when you pee, but a lot of the time people don’t get any symptoms at all, and then don’t know that they have anything. That is why it is SO important to go for regular STI tests (every 6 months).

How do STIs Spread?

One reason STIs spread is because people think they can only be infected if they have sexual intercourse. That’s wrong. Some STIs, like herpes or genital warts, can spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area.

Another myth about STIs is that you can’t get them if you have oral or anal sex. That’s also wrong, because the viruses or bacteria that cause STIs can enter the body through tiny cuts or tears in the mouth and anus, as well as the genitals.

STIs spread easily because it is difficult to tell if someone has an STI. Many people with STIs don’t know that they have them. These people are at risk of passing an STI on to their sex partners without realising it.

Some things that increase the chance of getting an STI are

Sexual activity at a young age

The younger a person starts having sex, the greater his or her chances of picking up an STI. This is often because people who start having sex younger might have more sexual partners throughout their whole life, or because some young people might not have received any information about how to have sex, safely. Practising safer sex should always be an important part of your sex life.

Lots of sexual partners

People who have many different sexual partners are more at risk than those who stay with the same partner. This is because they are more likely to come into contact with someone with an STI. No matter how many sexual partners you have, you should practice safe sex.

Unprotected sex

Condoms, female condoms and dental dams are the only types of protection that reduce your risk of getting an STI.

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