A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is an infection that is spread from person to person through sexual contact. If you’re going to have sex, there is only one way to protect yourself from getting an STI, and that’s by practicing safe sex. And it can’t just be safe sex some of the time, or even most of the time — it really has to be safe sex every time!
Get protected NOW:
- Always use a condom: Having unprotected sex increases your chances of getting an STI, so always use a condom!
- Stick with one partner: Having more than one sexual partner puts you at a higher risk of getting an STI. So, stick to one partner and stay faithful to each other.
- If you have any signs of an STI, get treated. Having an STI puts you at a higher risk of getting another one. If you have any signs of an STI (discharge, rash or sores on your vagina or penis) go to the clinic to get tested and treated as soon as possible.
- If your partner has had an STI, make sure you get tested and treated: Sometimes you don’t know you have an STI, as you may not have any symptoms. If your partner has been diagnosed with an STI, or you think they may have an STI, get tested and treated yourself.
It is also okay to say no if you don’t want to have sex. This is a sure way to protect yourself from getting an STI!
Remember, no one can pressure you into having sex if you don’t want to. All partners must give consent (actively agree) to have sex and it’s best to get tested for STIs together before engaging in any sexual activities.
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