STI's and treatments
What are STIs? Common STIs
- STIs are infections passed from one person to another during skin to skin or intimate sexual contact
- STIs usually affect the genitals, anus, or mouth, but can also affect other areas of the body
- STIs usually do not cause signs or symptoms
- Sometimes they may cause discharges, sores, growths or rashes
How do I catch them?
- Having penetrative sex, vaginal, oral or anal, without a condom
- Even protected sex can put you at risk of catching some STIs.
- Some activities are higher risk than others:
- Unprotected sex
- with casual partners
- with multiple partners
- with a partner who has taken risks - had unprotected sex with casual partners
- with a partner who has injected drugs
Men who have unprotected anal sex with other men are also at higher risk.