What is an STI?

STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infection.  If you or your partner(s) have unprotected oral, anal, or vaginal sex, you can get an STI and not even know it.  It is common to not have any symptoms at all, which is why it is important to be tested. Untreated STIs can lead to serious health complications which can not only lead to infertility in both sexes, but can even endanger your life. You can also have more than one STI at a time and sometimes having an infection puts you at risk for getting another, like HIV.

Northwestern Ontario has some of the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections in the Province!  Get tested and treated today.

Protect yourself and your partner(s) by knowing how to prevent STIs, when to get tested, what symptoms to watch out for and what treatment is available. Some STIs can be cured while others can only be managed. Either way, getting tested regularly means you and your partner(s) will be able to treat them as soon as possible and maintain your sexual health. Getting tested for STIs might involve a few different tests. Knowing where in your body you may have been exposed (throat/vagina/penis/anus) is really all we need to know to help us test you appropriately.

How do I prevent STIs?

There is no perfect way to bring these things up, but having a talk with your partner(s) about STIs and safe sex can help you and your partner(s) feel protected. Condoms and barriers like dental dams still remain the best way to protect yourself and your partner(s) from STIs. You can also make sure you are up-to-date with STI testing and vaccinations against Hepatitis and HPV. Into poppers? Remember, recreational drugs and alcohol can also cloud our judgment and decision-making. If you think you may be in this type of situation when you’re actually going to have sex, think up a response or two in advance!

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