A STI is a Sexually Transmitted Infection
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What is a STI?

STIs are sometimes referred to as STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) or VD (Venereal Disease) and primarily spread via person-to-person sexual contact., but can also be passed to a child during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding, or contacted through poor hygiene and infected sharp objects such as needles and broken glass.

Anyone who is sexually active can get a STI, and the risk is increased if you don't use condoms, if you have multiple sexual partners, if the person you're having sex with has had other sexual partners, or if your partner has injected drugs.

One of the reasons why STIs are so common is because they are often 'silent', making transmission likely and symptomatic detection difficult. Even for someone who is in a long-term relationship now, STIs can be an issue as they may have been infected by a past partner without knowing it. The only way to know for sure is to make regular STI screening part of your routine healthcare.

Whether there are symptoms or not, the effects of STIs can be very dangerous. STIs are serious, can be painful, and if left un-diagnosed can lead to dangerous long-term health consequences, including chronic pain and discomfort, infertility, sterility and even cancer.