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What are STIs

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that are passed from one person to another through close sexual contact or unprotected sex. Some STIs can be cured and others can be effectively treated and managed, enabling individuals to live healthy and safe lives.

STIs & STDs

While STDs are caused by STIs, not all sexually transmitted infections show symptoms or turn into a disease. It is therefore important to test for STIs so they can be treated and managed appropriately to prevent further complications or long-term health problems.

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Getting tested is the best way to prevent and manage STIs. If you are diagnosed with an STI, you can get treatment to stay healthy and prevent exposing your partners. STIs often go undetected because many times they do not cause any symptoms. Early detection and treatment helps avoid health complications and helps protect your sexual partners.

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We ensure that you receive attentive support and complete information through the whole process – from before getting tested through the process of taking treatment. From counseling to health care services, we are here to help you with any guidance you need as you continue to prevent and manage STIs in the future.

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Common
STIs can include

  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Anogenital herpes
  • HIV

The best way to protect yourself from STIs is through safe sex practices, like using condoms, and getting tested regularly. Consult a health care provider if you think you may have been exposed to an STI.

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STI symptoms can include

  • Discharge or unusual-smelling fluid that may be white or yellow that comes out of the vagina or penis (not semen) or anus
  • A change in discharge from the vagina
  • Itching or redness over genital area or anus
  • Bumps, sores, blisters, or warts on the genital area, lips or mouth
  • A burning sensation or pain while urinating or passing stools
  • Pain during sex
  • For females, bleeding between periods or after sex
  • Sore throat or unusual rashes over the body
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How to prevent STIs

A few precautions and habits can go a long way to prevent STIs. Follow these tips to minimize the chances of getting an STI;

  • Use a condom correctly every time you have sex
  • Have fewer partners. The more people you have sex with, the greater your chances of getting an STI. Ask new partners about STI testing
  • If it is relevant to you, explore being sexually active with only one person, who has mutually agreed to be active sexually only with you
  • Avoid mixing drugs and alcohol with sex. Getting drunk or high can affect your ability to make smart decisions about safer sex
  • Avoid sexual activities that tear or break skin – use lubricants for anal sex
  • Consult a health care provider in case you or your partner have symptoms or signs of an STI
  • Get vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and HPV
  • Consider starting pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which is a medicine that protects you against HIV infection. You should still use condoms if you are taking PrEP to prevent other STIs

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