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Common Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually transmitted infections (or STIs) are pretty self-explanatory: an infection or organism that is transmitted by a sexual nature (either by vaginal, anal, or oral sex). They are extremely common, and many people don't know they have them because oftentimes they do not cause symptoms. This is why it is important to have routine screening, particularly if you are not in a mutually monogamous relationship or have a new partner. For all STIs, the best way to protect yourself is wearing condoms if you are unsure of the your partner's status – and wear them 100% of the time you have sex! Other forms of birth control DO NOT protect against STIs. Here are some of the most common STIs, when you should get screened, and how each are treated:

 

 

Takeaways from this are 1) Wear condoms, 2) Get tested with new partners and annually.

 

Please ask your provider if you have any additional questions. 

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