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What are STIs?

Sexually Transmitted Infections

What are STIs?

STI’s can be caught or passed on through unprotected sex (oral too) and through close sexual contact (like rubbing together)

You could have an STI without knowing because you don’t always have any symptoms

If STI’s aren’t treated they can spread to other parts of the body. Girls can get PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) which can sometimes lead to infertility (not being able to have babies)

Boys can get swelling and inflammation of the testicles (balls)

Sometimes infections can lead to pain and swelling of the joints

Remember it’s important to protect yourself. Some people will tell you they have been checked when they haven’t. Some people say they are virgins but may have had oral sex which they think is safe.

You don’t need to know all the symptoms of the different STI’s …… its simple, if you notice anything different or you have had unprotected sex …. Get checked out.

The best way to protect yourself from STI’s is to use a condom every time you have sex.

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