What are Sexually transmitted infections ?
A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is an infection that is transmitted through sexual contact. STIs are caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites, and they can be transmitted through genital, oral, or anal sex, as well as through other types of sexual contact.
Some common STIs include:
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Herpes simplex virus (HSV)
Symptoms of STIs can vary, and some people may not have any symptoms at all. It is important to get tested regularly if you are sexually active and to practice safe sex, such as using condoms and dental dams, to reduce the risk of STIs. It is also important to talk to your healthcare provider about your sexual health and any concerns you may have. Many STIs can be treated and managed with appropriate care.