Many people will get an STI and not even know they have it because they may never experience any signs or symptoms. For this reason, regular testing and using safer sex methods (such as condoms, dams etc) will greater lower your chances of getting an STI or spreading it.
From time to time, we may see increases of particular STIs amongst the community, so it is important to know your status and get tested regularly to protect yourself and others within the community.
Never be afraid to ask for a test for a particular STI. STI prevention is everyone’s business, and it is important for you to take control of your own sexual health.
STIs in general can and do happen. It isn’t something to be embarrassed about if you get one, they do however require treatment. It is important to get tested and treated right away and notify all your sexual partners so they can get tested and treated (if required).
The most common STIs are listed below, this is by no means the only STIs that exist. Just the most common.