What You Need to Know About STIs
Safer Sex means knowing what you are comfortable with, communicating with sexual partners, learning about and choosing options that can protect you from contracting or spreading STIs and getting tested. The following information will provide you with a general introduction and address some common questions regarding STIs, protection options and getting tested.
What are STIs and STDs?
Sexually transmitted infections and diseases are commonly caused by the spreading of bacteria or viruses that are passed from one person to another through sexual activity.
How does someone contract an STI?
STIs can be spread through body fluids (blood, vaginal fluid, semen/cum, pre-cum and saliva), skin-to-skin contact or through the sharing of needles.
How can I tell if I have an STI?
Many STIs do not show any symptoms, so it may not be possible to know whether someone is infected. Some more noticeable signs of infection may include blisters, warts or sores, but this isn’t always the case. You must be tested in order to know for certain if you or your partner(s) have an STI.
Where can I get tested?
Not knowing can be the worst part, if you suspect an STI or if you haven’t been practicing safe sex, be sure to see your doctor or visit your local sexual health clinic. Most clinics not only offer free STI testing but may also offer some of the following; free STI treatment, anonymous and nominal HIV testing, urine pregnancy testing, low cost birth control, free emergency contraceptives and free needle exchange.
Student Wellness Centre: To book an appointment with their health care team, call 905.525.9140 ext. 27700 or stop by MUSC B101
David Braley Health Science Centre
100 Main Street West, 3rd Floor, Hamilton
Phone: Sexual Health Information Line