The most common way sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are transmitted is through vaginal, anal or oral sex without a condom. Some STIs like genital warts can be transmitted via close skin contact usually during unprotected sex. Others like chlamydia don’t always show symptoms. Some can even lie dormant for years and, if left unchecked, can lead to infertility or other ongoing health problems.
Find out more about STIs, how they are transmitted, their symptoms and treatment
The best way to protect yourself from an STI (and an unplanned pregnancy) is to always use a condom. If you have ever had unprotected sex, even just once, you’re at risk. A simple sexual health check is all you need to ensure you are in the clear. So even if you don’t have any obvious signs, never assume you’re off the hook. On the other hand, just because you’ve got an itch it doesn’t necessarily mean you have an STI.
To make sure your sexual health gets the stamp of approval, it’s worth checking it out at either Dr Marie™, a local family planning clinic or by visiting your doctor, as symptoms may vary from person to person.
If you have an STI it’s important that you and your current partner(s) receive the same treatment at the same time; otherwise you may continue to pass the infection back and forth between you. All of your previous sexual partners whom you feel may be at risk should also be checked and treated.