Student Health Services
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact.There are lots of sexually transmitted infections and they are actually very common. To learn more about the most common STI's such as what is it, how it's spread, how it's treated and more, click here!
The good news is that we can protect ourselves and each other from STIs. Using barrier prevention methods, such as condoms and dental dams, help reduce your risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection.
It is possible to have an STI without having symptoms. If you are sexually active it is important to get tested regularly (about every 6 months). Since many STIs have no symptoms, getting tested allows you to get any treatments you may need.
The best way to protect yourself against an STI is abstinence. If you do have sex, having sex with one person, who only has sex with you, will help to reduce your risk of getting an STI.
Remember: Vaginal intercourse and/or ejaculation is not needed to spread an STI.