Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)

On our site you see them called “sexy germs”, but a sexually transmitted infection or STI is no joke. If you are sexually active, you can possibly get an infection. This isn’t limited to people having penis-vagina sex (link to sex sections); some of these infections can be spread through touch, oral, and anal sex between any kind of two partners or sharing stuff like needles or sex toys. There isn’t a 100% way to protect yourself from these germs (except for abstinence) but there are ways to make sex safer. If you feel you are ready for sex stuff, you should know how to protect both yourself and your partner. Check out our section on penis condoms, vagina condoms, sex dams and all that barrier stuff on how to practice safer sex (link here for birthcontrol).

The Quick & Dirty

  • STIs can be from bacteria, viruses, or parasites
  • They can be spread by oral, vaginal, anal sex, sharing needles, and sex toys
  • There is one virus that can be spread just by touching (herpes)
  • Youth aged 15-24 have the highest rates of STIs in Canada
  • Getting tested for an STI is super easy, confidential, and most treatment is free
  • Everyone should get tested for STIs if they are sexually active
  • Some STIs are totally curable, some are manageable but stay with you for life

Super important detail: Anyone can get an STI. It doesn’t matter if you are a guy or a girl. It doesn’t matter if you are heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, or questioning. It doesn’t matter if you are poor or rich, where you live, or how old you are. Having an STI does not mean a person is dirty or bad, or that they sleep around. Some people feel ashamed if they have an STI, which may keep them from getting tested and getting treatment. Everyone who does sex stuff is at risk. If you or someone you know might have an STI, please get checked out at a clinic or nursing station.

Check out our section on STI testing (link here) for more info, and what to expect if you test positive (link here).

There is info on all kinds of STIs on our site, and here is a video that talks about them by a real doctor!