What are STIs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (ST!s) are infections that can be transmitted through sexual contact with an infected individual. STIs can be transmitted during vaginal or other types of sexual intercourse including oral and anal sex. Most bacterial infections (like gonorrhea (PDF), chlamydia (PDF) and syphilis (PDF) are curable with antibiotics. Herpes (PDF), HIV and genital warts (HPV) (PDF) are all caused by viruses and can be treated to reduce symptoms, but there is no cure.

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1. What are STIs?
2. How are STIs spread?
3. How do I know if I have an STI?
4. What can I do to protect myself?
5. Where can I get tested?