…and how can I tell?
What’s the most common symptom of an STI?
- There is an epidemic of sexually transmitted infection and disease. There are 20 million new cases diagnosed each year – about half are in people under age 25.
- Most people with STIs don’t know it, because most infections have no symptoms. With or without symptoms, STIs can still be spread person to person.
Are you infected and don’t know it? Are they?
- Bacterial STIs can be treated with antibiotics.
- HPV, the most common viral infection, is often cleared by the body’s immune system.
- When used correctly and consistently every time, condoms provide some protection against STIs.
- You can’t tell is someone is infected just by looking – or by taking their word for it.
- STIs may be spread during ANY sexual activity. This includes vaginal, oral, or anal sex or any other activities in which body fluids are shared. Some STIs can even be spread by contact with infected skin.
- There are more than 25 different STIs. Some are incurable. Some can have lifelong health consequences.
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