An "STI" is an infection that you can get while having anal, oral or vaginal sex. You get these infections through the sharing of infected body fluids such as vaginal fluid, semen or blood. Some infections are spread through intimate contact, you don't even have to have sex.
STIs can be bacterial or viral. Some are treatable and some are not.
You can protect yourself from getting an STI by using a barrier to keep your fluids to yourself and to prevent someone else’s fluids from infecting you. Barriers include male and female condoms and dental dams.
Did you know?
- The most commonly reported STI in Northwestern Ontario is chlamydia.
- Anybody engaging in unprotected oral, vaginal, and anal sexual activity is at risk.
- It only takes once.
- You can get more than one STI at a time.
- Many people have no symptoms with an infection.
- Condoms used during oral, anal or vaginal sexual activity can reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.
- Untreated STI's can result in infertility for both men and women.
Learn about the different STIs and other infections.
Testing and treatment
The health unit offers confidential, accurate and non-judgmental services. Services are available for both males and females. No referral is necessary. The sexual health clinic provides STI testing and treatment that is free and confidential.