How to protect yourself from STIs
To fully enjoy your sexuality and in good health, here are our practical tips to protect you!
STIs: what are they?
Sexually Transmitted Infections are viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites that are transmitted most often during sexual intercourse by penetration (vaginal, anal or oral) unprotected or poorly protected, with a person carrying an STI. But this is not the only mode of transmission. Some can also be contracted by other routes, such as skin-to-skin contact, especially between mucous membranes, blood transmission, sharing an infected syringe or from mother to child during pregnancy. .
How are STIs transmitted?
These infections are transmitted by unprotected/poorly protected sexual intercourse but also by contact with the skin (hands), genitals, mouth, rectum or bodily fluids.
STIs sometimes have no symptoms. So, even if there are no alarming signs, your health may be affected!
Do STIs affect everyone?
Yes, men and women of any age can contract a sexually transmitted infection if they have risky sex.
How to protect yourself from STIs?
Most Sexually Transmitted Infections are treatable. The best way to protect yourself from STIs is to use a condom, whether internal or external, and a lubricating gel (to avoid cracking) for all sexual relations with vaginal and anal penetration.
You can reduce your risk of contracting an STI by getting tested regularly and getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B.
Can STIs affect pregnancy?
Pregnancy does not protect against STIs and having an STI during pregnancy can harm the fetus. Risks vary depending on infection.
If you are pregnant and you have doubts about yourself or your partner, Don’t hesitate to talk about it with your doctor or midwife.
What are the most common STIs?
- gonococcal gonorrhea
- Genital herpes
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
- Hepatitis B
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