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​Preventing STIs

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are usually passed during unprotected oral, vaginal and anal sex. Some STIs are passed through skin-to-skin contact. Many STIs do not show symptoms, so people often pass an STI to a partner without knowing. 

Practicing safer sex is a is a good way to lower your chances of getting STIs or passing them to partners. Safer sex can include using condoms or choosing sexual activities that have lower chances of passing STIs. Talking with partners about sex, boundaries, and other partners, can help you decide which safer sex practices you might want to take. It is a good idea to be tested regularly for STIs, especially if you have new or casual sexual partners.

SmartSexResource, the BC Centre for Disease Control's sexual health website, has a lot of information about what you can do to lower your chances of STIs. Learn more about safer sex and how to talk with partners about testing.

Some things you can find out about:

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You can contact us if you have any questions. For more information about sexual health and STIs, visit SmartSexResource.

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Preventing STIs

It is a good idea to be tested regularly for STIs, especially if you have new or casual sexual partners. Being informed, communicating with partners, and using safer sex practices are ways to help improve your sexual health.

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