Information on STIs
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
STI's are viruses, bacterium and parasites. They are generally transmitted through close skin to skin contact or sexual intercourse. Knowing the ins and outs of your body, and being aware of what you're doing might also help protect you. Habits such as consistent and regular condom use, annual testing and discussing safer sex can make you a "sexpert".
Get to know the STIs before they get to know you. Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of STIs is a good way to start. There are a variety of STIs, some can be treated, some can be cured, and all can be avoided. If they are not tended to, STIs can cause serious health problems, like infertility, lesions, and cancer. Because some STI's are asymptomatic, you can have an STI and not even know it. The only way to know for sure if you have an STI is to go to a doctor or clinic and get 'the complete work up' done. STIs such as Crabs, Scabies, Herpes and Genital Warts, cannot be identified through testing bodily fluids. These STIs require visual inspections to recognize if they are present. They can be passed on just by having really close genital contact with an infected partner. Remember to use a condom for any kind of sexual activity; this is the best way to protect yourself and your partner.