Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Most people don’t think that they will ever get a sexually transmitted infection (STI). However, a recent study concluded that one in every four teens having sex before graduation will get infected. Both heterosexual and same-sex partners need to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections.

How Are STIs spread?

STIs can be spread by kissing or touching areas that are infected and by sharing needles with an infected person. Be prepared to protect yourself – use a latex condom.

Types of STIs

There are many different kinds of STIs. Some common ones are:

  • Chlamydia
  • Genital Herpes *
  • Genital Warts *
  • Gonorrhea
  •  Hepatitis B
  • HIV/AIDS *
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • Syphilis
  •  Trichomoniasis
    * Some STIs can be cured with medications and others currently have no known treatment or cure and can eventually cause death.

STI symptoms

Common symptoms of STIs include one or more of the following:

  • itching
  • burning when you go to the bathroom
  • discharge
  • aches and pains
  • rashes
  • sores on genitals or mouth

Have you read our article on birth control methods?

It is important that you see a doctor if you develop any of these symptoms.

Remember: Sexually transmitted infections are contracted during unprotected sex. You can protect yourself and your partner by using a condom. Latex condoms with spermicide offer the best protection.