Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are infections you can get from having unprotected vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex, or skin to skin contact with someone. Unprotected sex is when you have sex without a condom, or an oral dam.
Lots of STIs don’t have obvious symptoms — so it’s important to get tested for STIs before and after unprotected sex, or anytime you have sex with a new person. The best time to test is 2 weeks or more after having sex with a new person. You can’t tell for sure if someone has an STI, or if you have an STI, without doing an STI test.
You can get STI tests at our clinics. If you have an STI, we can help you treat it.
Lots of people who have sex will get an STI at some point in their life. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Some STIs can be dangerous — especially if they are not diagnosed or treated. That’s why using condoms or oral dams, and doing regular STI testing, is a normal and important part of a healthy sex life.
In some countries, STIs are called sexually transmissible diseases (STDs).