What is an STI

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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are spread by taking part in sexual activities or close genital contact, especially vaginal intercourse, anal sex or oral sex.

STIs include Chlamydia, Genital warts, Genital Herpes, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis.

What is a BBV?

Some STI's are also called BBV's. A BBV is a blood borne virus that is carried in a person's blood.  BBV's include Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, HIV and AIDS.

You can get a BBV by having vaginal, oral or anal sex without using a condom. You can also get BBV's if you share needles when you are injecting drugs.

What if I think I have an STI?

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Click the image to watch this photo story about James's friend who has a secret.

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If you think you have an STI, click this link to find your local sexual health clinic and get tested and treated if you need to.

 

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The best way to stop getting an STI is to use a condom during sexual activity.