What is an STI?

An STI (sexually transmitted infection) is any kind of infection that you can get from sexual contact.

OK, but what counts as sexual contact?

This includes penetrative sex like vaginal or anal sex, but also oral sex, masturbation or using sex toys. Some STIs (like herpes and HPV) just need skin-on-skin contact for them to be transmitted (passed on).

WAIT… I can have an STI without having any symptoms?

Yes! Many STIs never show symptoms, but they can still lead to serious problems like pain, infertility or even cancer. Plus, you could be passing them on to sex partners without even knowing it.

That’s why it’s important to test regularly for STIs, even if you don’t have any symptoms! If you pick up STIs early enough, it’s more likely you can get treatment before something goes seriously wrong.

Remember to wear a condom every time you have sex. Condoms are your best protection against almost all STIs.

More questions?

B-Wise is here to answer all your health-related questions for you. Check out our STI Section or our article STI questions? All the answers to learn more.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 20 April 2020 21:56

Can warts appear on yop of your vigina or inside and what hapoens if you dont trest them

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 April 2020 11:39


Yes, warts can appear on top of the vagina or inside. It shows that there is an STI infection. You need to go to the clinic or doctor to get checked and treated. https://bwisehealth.com/article/sti-questions-all-the-answers-

B-Wise User Anonymous 20 April 2020 18:02

Hi i woukd like to know what are viginal warts and what causes them

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2020 18:35

Hi there, 

Vaginal warts are small bumps on the vagina. They are caused by an STI. If you have warts then go to the clinic or doctor to get checked and treated.

B-Wise User Karvy 9 September 2019 14:58

Hi there I would like to Knw what the symptoms of STI's are..

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 September 2019 10:38

Hi there, you can learn more about STIs here https://bwisehealth.com/category/sti

B-Wise User Lerato Ralekholela 5 March 2019 08:23

Is it true that affects your eyes, your skin and ur mouth?

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 April 2019 14:32

Hi thank you for your question. Yes STI's can affect your skin, mouth, and eyes, if you are concerned it is best that you visit your local clinic and get the right treatment.

B-Wise User Anonymous 14 February 2019 09:12

My partner has sti symptoms and refuses to go to clinic , what can I do to help him and yet he doesn't want to use protection

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 February 2019 13:34

Hi there, thank you for your question. Its very important that your partner goes to the local clinic to get checked by the doctor. If your partner doesn't know about STIs you can show him these articles STI section  

B-Wise User Anonymous 7 September 2018 16:57

How to test for sti?

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 September 2018 09:06

Hi there anonymous, thank you for your question. You can visit your nearest clinic to get tested for any STIs. You can find your nearest clinic here: https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/. For more information about STI, please read our STI section on bwisehealth.com and learn more. Click on the link https://bwisehealth.com/category/sti