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If you’re looking for resources to use in your classroom when teaching STIs, the following sites are recommended:
If you’re looking for additional information about STIs, the following sites are recommended:
In a case where someone suspects they may have an STI, they should be directed to their health care provider or a local clinic for testing and follow-up treatment.
They should speak to their regular health care provider to seek testing, treatment, and medical support.
Abstinence (not participating in) is the only guaranteed way to prevent an STI. This includes abstaining from all sexual activity, not just intercourse.
If one has had unprotected sexual activity (without the use of a male or female condom), including oral or anal sex, they should be advised to get tested by a health care professional. This may include their own health care provider, or a sexual health clinic in the community.
An STI may or may not show any signs or symptoms. The only way to know for sure if one has an STI is to get tested.
Common symptoms of an STI may include:
STIs are common infections that can be passed from one person to another during sexual contact (e.g. oral, anal and vaginal).