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How can I get an STI?

If you are having sex, or thinking about having sex, you need to know how to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Unprotected Sex

You can become infected if you have unprotected sex with someone who already has an STI. “Unprotected sex” means sex where there is no barrier (such as condoms or dams) to prevent exposure to body fluids, such as vaginal secretions, ejaculate, pre-ejaculate and blood. 

You can be exposed to body fluids through these sexual activities:

Some STIs, such as genital lice, herpes and warts, live on the surface of the skin and can be passed to another person through skin-to-skin contact without sexual penetration.

Use a condom
Talk to your partner
Get Tested
Know your risks!

Where can I find help?
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Updated Mar 15, 2017