How do people get STIs?
People get STIs from having sex using a penis, vagina, mouth, or anus. Some STIs can be spread by kissing, touching, or rubbing those parts of the body.
People also can spread STIs from sharing needles. STIs can be painful and can cause many health problems, even death. STIs can make it hard for a to get pregnant or for a man to be able to father children. STIs also can cause problems for babies.
There are many kinds of STIs:
What happens if I get an STI?
Some STIs can make you unable to have children later on. They can also cause birth defects or diseases in babies. Some STIs are painful, but others can cause problems even when there is no pain. Most STIs also put you at greater risk of getting HIV.
Most STIs can be cured if treated right away. Others, like HIV and herpes, cannot be cured, although they can be managed with medicine.
How can I tell if my partner has an STI?
Most of the time, you can’t tell if someone has
an STI by looking at them. A person can look healthy and still have an STI. It is common for people to have an STI and not know it.
Note: The information provided on this website is for general information only. It is not intended to be taken as medical advice. Ask your Family PACT provider for the information that you need to make good healthy choices.