Hey Big Sis! All my friends keep talking about STIs but I’m in the dark. I’m clueless about STIs and have no idea of what to look out for. Can you help?
Hey little sis! It’s a brave and dope move to ask about sexually transmitted infections (also called STIs). Don’t worry if you don’t know about them yet - I’m here to help. I Gotchu!
An STI is an infection transmitted (that means passed on) during sexual contact. STIs are caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites. They are transmitted during the mixing of certain bodily fluids during sexual activity, when genitals come into contact with each other, or via oral sex (touching genitals with the mouth).
Because most STIs are transmitted during sexual contact, it’s important to know that any time your genitals or mouth come into contact with another person’s genitals without a condom, you can pass on or get an STI - even if you don’t know you have one, or can’t see any signs. That’s why your Big Sis is ALWAYS going on about using a condom EACH and EVERY time you have sex, even if it’s with your regular partner. Safety first sis!
Before I get into details on specific STIs, there are few common signs of an STI that you can look out for. So keep on the lookout for:
The thing is though fam - not all STIs have symptoms that you can see or notice. That’s why it’s so important to get tested for STIs at least twice a year. Knowing your STI status is a power move, and that’s the truth.
There are a couple of common STIs you should know about too. I’ll mention a few, but remember that a nurse or doctor at your nearby clinic will also be able to give you more information.
Gurrl! You are so smart for wanting to know more about STIs - they’re important to know about to make sure you can have a safe and healthy sex life like you deserve. So go get tested sis - it’s a boss move!