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FAQs on STIs

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Ans: Sexually transmitted infections are infections transmitted through sexual contact. STIs generally infect the genital area (penis, scrotum, vulva, and vaginal opening), but can also spread in the anus, or mouth. They can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.

STIs are spread in two ways. The first is through bodily fluids, including blood, semen, pre–cum fluids, and vaginal secretions. The fluids are often passed from partner to partner during vaginal, oral, or anal sex. So, if you have any type of sex with someone who has an STI, you can get the infection.

Some STIs, such as warts or herpes, can also be spread through skin–to–skin contact. This means touching an infected person’s genitals and then touching yourself, or rubbing with no clothes on against a person who has an STI. Oral herpes can also be spread through kissing, if an infected person has herpes–related sores on his or her mouth.

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