Sexually Transmitted Infections
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that can be passed from one partner to another during sexual activity. Some STIs can be passed through skin-to-skin contact between your genitals and mouth and those of your partner, while others require contact with your partner’s sexual fluids – things like ejaculate, vaginal fluid, and anal fluid. Most STIs can be transmitted through oral, vaginal, and anal sex. You can reduce the risk of getting an STI by using barrier methods like internal condoms, external condoms, and dental sams. If you’ve been exposed to an STI, you may not test positive for it right away. It takes different amounts of time for each STI to show up on a test. It’s also important to keep in mind that many STIs don’t show symptoms.
Sexually transmitted infections include:
- Genital Herpes
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Hepatitis B
- Pubic Lice
STIs like Genital Herpes and HPV are common but also carry a lot of stigma. To learn more about STI stigma go to Ella Dawson’s website.
Below, see Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s pamphlets for more resources: