STI- stands for sexually transmitted infections
- Also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Spread by sexual contact via genitals, the mouth, or the rectum
- Anyone having sex can get an STI
- You are more likely to contract and STI if you have more than one sex partners or fail to use a condom
- STIs can be passed to a new born from the mother during a delivery
There are three kinds of STIs:
- Bacterial STIs like gonorrhea and chlamydia which can be cured with medication.
- Viral STIs like herpes and HIV which cannot be cured, but their symptoms can be treated.
- Parasite STIs: Scabies or pubic lice which can be cured with skin creams.
If you think you may have an STI, see your health care provider and have it checked.
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