Think About STIs
Good sexual health means making sure you have the knowledge, skills and ability to make informed sexual choices and acting responsibly to protect your health and the health of others. This includes planning pregnancy and parenthood and preventing STIs. Some STIs can cause long-term problems, yet lots of people don't know much about them. This section of the site will give you information about STIs and the best ways to protect against them.
Remember, if used correctly, condoms protect against most STIs. More information on condoms.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Fact: In 2011, over 50% of STI notifications were among those aged 20 to 29 years (Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), 2011).
STIs are infections that are passed on from an infected partner(s) during unprotected sex (vaginal, anal and oral). They are caused by specific bacteria and viruses. In some cases, you may be at risk even if you don’t have full sex. Kissing and touching each other’s genitals may pass on some STIs.
There are many different STIs – some are more common than others. Most can be cured with medication. However, some of them can only be treated to reduce symptoms but will stay in your system once you have been infected. Remember, only total abstinence from all sexual contact offers 100% protection from pregnancy and STIs.