Safer Sex & Sexually Transmitted Infections

Everyone has a right to enjoy their sexuality without fear of disease. That means we need to know how to protect ourselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), how to find treatment if we get one, and how to avoid spreading an infection without giving up our sex lives.

In most cases, STIs can be treated. Some, however, if left untreated, some can cause serious long-term health consequences, including chronic pain, infertility and cancer. Some STIs can be transmitted during pregnancy or birth to a fetus or newborn baby.

How do you enjoy pleasure and also protect your health? How can you explore our sexuality and avoid infection and unwanted pregnancy? Many of us know the basic answers, but in the heat of the moment, most of us have, at some point, failed to use the protection that would be in our best interests. Preparing for those moments can help you to enjoy safer sex every time.

This section talks about sex-positive ways to protect yourself and your partner(s) from STIs, along with the different types of STIs, and STI diagnosis and treatment.