Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed on between partners during sexual acts – including vaginal, anal, and oral sex – or when you come into contact with other bodily fluids, such as infected blood. STIs are not typically spread during digital sex (fingering), but remember that uncut nails and/or unclean hands can cause genital problems of their own.
Different STIs affect different portions of your body once you are infected, and can range from mild (or curable) to fatal. For example, STIs such as Chlamydia infect your sexual and reproductive organs while STIs such as HIV affects your entire body.
STIs are commonly found in young people under the age of 25. It is highly important to get yourself tested once you become sexually active (especially when engaging with a new sexual partner).
For more information regarding STIs, refer to the articles below.
- Symptoms of STIs (Teen)*
- What to Do (Teen)
- Protecting Yourself Against STIs (Teen)
- Levels of Risk & STIs (Teen)
- Having Safer Oral Sex (Teen)
* (Teen) - These links go to the Teen health site, where content is shared between young adults and teens.
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