Safe sex is important in protecting ourselves and our partners. Safe sex reduces the risk of unplanned pregnancies and reduces the spread of Sexually Transmittable Infections or diseases.
Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) don't get symptoms, so if you have engaged in unprotected sex, it is advisable to get tested regularly even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you're tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it's needed.
An STI can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact, You can get or pass on an STI whoever you're having sex with. Although many STIs can be cured with antibiotics. Some, such as HIV, have no cure, but can be treated to prevent them getting worse or reduce the risk of spreading to your partner.
You can't tell by looking at someone (including yourself) whether they've got an infection, so it's important to get a check-up if you've had unprotected sex or think you might be at risk.
Common Sexually transmitted infections:
Many people don't notice symptoms when they have an STI, including most women with chlamydia. If it's left untreated, chlamydia can affect your ability to get pregnant.
Gonorrhoea can also affect fertility. Around 50% of women and 10% of men with gonorrhoea don't have symptoms.
Left untreated, STIs can affect your health. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, get tested.
In women and men common symptoms of STIs include:
In Women specifically:
In Men specifically:
Where can I get tested for STIs?
You can get tested at:
Have safer sex
Always use condoms to help protect yourself from catching or passing on an STI. Some facilities offer post exposure prophylaxis to reduce risk of contracting HIV if you believe you have been exposed to this.
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