Having an STI increases the risk of HIV transmission regardless of whether it is the HIV-positive partner or the HIV-negative partner
It is a good idea for anyone having sex to get tested regularly and treated for STIs if necessary
What is an STI?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are any infection of condition that can be passed from person to person during sexual contact. STIs can be spread through vaginal, oral or anal sex as well as through foreplay or sharing sex toys. Some STIs are spread through body fluids (blood, vaginal fluid, semen or cum, pre-cum and saliva) while other STIs are spread through skin to skin contact. Some STIs can also be transmitted through non-sexual activities such as sharing needles.
Thankfully most STIs are treatable, so if you're are experiencing any symptoms please ensure to see a doctor immediately.
What happens if I test positive?
Take comfort in the fact that most STIs are treatable with the correct medication. Seeing a doctor at the first sign of symptoms will ensure that your STI will be treated quickly and easily.
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We also suggest that contact your most recent sexual partners to advise them that they need to get tested.