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Previously referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can affect anyone. In most cases, the infection can be cured or at least managed. If left untreated, some STIs can, however, lead to significant problems, such as infertility, while others, like HIV (AIDS), can be fatal. That is why prevention is so important.
STIs are caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites that spread during sexual activity.
The most common forms of STIs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes and the human papillomavirus (HPV). Hepatitis B and C, pubic lice (crabs), syphilis, trichomoniasis and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are other examples of this type of infection.
STIs are passed on through sexual practices, such as:
Certain STIs can also be spread through non-sexual contact, for example:
the sharing of needles;
the use of unsterilized tattooing equipment;
the use of unsterilized piercing equipment.
You should get tested for STIs:
Your family pharmacist is an accessible health professional committed to serving you with utmost confidentiality and discretion. You can count on your pharmacist for reliable information on STIs (prevention, symptoms and treatments). Many pharmacies also offer the hepatitis B vaccine. Just ask about it!
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