Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are spread from one person to another, usually during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. They’re really common, and lots of people who have them don’t have any symptoms. Without treatment, STIs can lead to serious health problems. There are lots of different STIs. Some are carried in body fluids like semen (cum), vaginal fluids, and blood. Others can be passed just from skin-to-skin touching with an infected body area. Using barriers like condoms can helps you avoid contact with fluids and some types of skin-to-skin contact during sex. So when you don’t use condoms, your chance of getting an STI goes up.
In addition to using condoms, getting tested for STIs regularly is also part of safer sex, even if you always use condoms and feel totally fine. Most people with STIs don’t have symptoms or know they’re infected, and they can easily pass the infection to their partners. So condoms and testing are the only way to know for sure whether or not someone has an STI.
Condoms are the only way to protect against all STIs including HIV. Learn about male and female condoms and how to put them on here
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