The most common symptom of a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) is NO SYMPTOMS. In order to know your status, it is important to have regular check-ups and request STI testing. It is recommended to be tested every six months or in between partners, whichever comes first. If symptoms occur, these may include:
- Sores, bumps, blisters, swelling or growths on sex organs or other parts of your body
- Burning while urinating
- Discharge or itching from a flaccid penis/anus
- Abnormal discharge or itching from the vagina/anus
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Painful intercourse
- Itching or rash
- Flu or cold-like symptoms
Barrier methods are the most effective in preventing STIs. Here are a few options:
|Note the following steps to properly
using an external (male) condom.
|Suggestions for using internal (female) condoms:|
|Dental dams can be used for oral sex on the vagina or anus. Cover the area of your partner on which you wish to have oral sex. This protects you and your partner from the spread of infections.|
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