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Information on this section was complied from The Medical Institute for Sexual Health.

#9 Every year nearly 9 million people under the age of 25 get a new STI (sexually transmitted infection)/STD (sexually transmitted disease). Some of these can cause symptoms- other don’t. If you‘ve had sex – of any kind – you could get an STI/STD. You could have one and not even know it…yet! Some STD’s/STI’s are bacterial which may be treatable and/or cured. Others are viral for which there is no cure. All STD’s/STI’s have the potential for very serious implications to your sexual health now and in your future. (I.E. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, pain or discharge from the vagina or penis, infecting future babies born to you, infertility, cancer, warts, liver, brain and heart damage, blindness, death etc.)
Here is a list of known STI’s/STD’s:

  • Chlamydia
  • Genital Herpes
  • Gonorrhoea
  • HumanPapillomvirus (HPV)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

To assess your risks, you can take a free interactive online tool based on the Center for Disease Control’s STD Treatment Guidelines. This tool allows the user to analyze the risks for STD’s/STI’s based on demographics and behaviours; and, it recommends tests and vaccines based on the responses given. These recommendations can be used to start a discussion with your healthcare provider about your risks and the tests you may need. Info/STD Wizard.

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