I don't want to get an STI - how can I protect myself?

An STI (sexually transmitted infection) 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, 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 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 she/he may have an STI, get tested and treated yourself!

Remember it is also OK to say no if you don't want to have sex. This is a sure way to protect yourself from getting an STI!

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Anonymous 16 April 2017 17:55

What do I do if I sleep with a woman who had abortion in the street and didn't get medical attention?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 10:13

Hi there, thank you for your question. That seems to be a serious case, it is very important that you and the women should go get tested for HIV and STIs as soon as possible.