Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also called sexually transmitted diseased (STDs), are some of the most widespread infections in the United States. STIs affect both women and men and can affect any age group. STIs can link to an increased risk of certain cancers and infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Many people may not have symptoms of an STI but are still able to spread an infection.
How to reduce your risk of getting a STI:
The following steps can reduce your risk of getting an STI:
- Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested for STIs
- Limiting the number of sexual partners
- Using latex condoms correctly and every time you have sex
- Getting tested for HIV
- Not sharing needles
- Getting recommended vaccinations such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HPV
Where to go for STI Screening and Treatment:
If you know that you have been exposed to an STI or have symptoms of an STI, contact your health care provider to get tested.