Page 1: What is an STI
Page 2: Risk Factors
Page 3: Prevention of an STI
Page 4: Role of family and friends.
Page 5: Symptoms
Page 6: Personal action/prevention.
What is an STI?
Sexually transmitted infection: An infection that can be transferred from one person to another through sexual contact. In this context, sexual contact is more than just sexual intercourse (vaginal and anal) and also includes kissing, oral-genital contact, and the use of sexual "toys," such as vibrators.
The best way to avoid getting an STI is to stay away from sex, but, if you are sexually active and don’t want an STI there are ways to do so. Using a latex condom is probably the safest and best way to stop a sexually transmitted infection being passed from an infected sexual partner. Also, regular tests to see if you are infected, will lower your chance of having a serious STI that cannot be cured. If you are tested and find you do have one, there are treatments to cure some of them. Knowing about STI’s and understanding what they can do to the human body will make people, especially teenagers stay away from unsafe sex and will hopefully make them realize that having an STI can have bad effects on them.
Role of family and friends.
When one of your family members or friends develops an STI the role you need to take on is support for them. As the person who has the STI probably doesn’t feel confident about themselves or the situation, giving them support and letting them know you are there for them and leading them to the help that is needed, your family/friend with the STI will know the best ways to get over the embarrassment, sadness and whatever other emotions that they feel. Letting them know about the health services...
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