An STI, or a Sexually Transmitted Infection, can be passed between two people when they have intimate physical contact. The problem of STIs is becoming massive and growing at epidemic proportions.
Who Can Get an STI?
Anybody who has had sex with more than one person, and all of their future partners, is at risk for an STI. Any type of genital contact or contact with bodily fluids can put you at risk for an STI.
The reality is, when you have sex with someone, you have sex with everybody they have had sex with.
How Can I Prevent Getting an STI?
The most foolproof way to protect yourself from getting an STI is to abstain from sex, also called abstinence, until you are in a committed monogamous relationship, like marriage.
If you do choose to continue having sex, a male condom is the best form or protection from STIs, however any contact made with any uncovered area is at risk for STIs like HPV, herpes, and gonorrhoea. Other methods of birth control such as the pill, IUDs or needles do not protect from any STIs.
We believe that your life counts, and you are a person worth waiting for. Your physical, emotional and mental health is irreplaceable and we want to encourage you to make the decision that you feel is best. There is no sex safer than no sex, and you deserve to have the best.
Remember that you are important. Your life counts, and you can make a difference in this world. If you ever need to talk about this or anything else, feel free to get in touch with us. We’re here for you.