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STIs are sexually transmitted infections which can be passed on from one person to another during sexual contact. They are caused by bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms which are present in the blood, semen, body fluids or the pubic area of the infected person.
Sometimes there are no symptoms at all but obvious ones can include the following: Unusual discharge from the vagina or penis. Pain when passing urine. Unusual sores or blisters in the genital area. Itching or irritation in the genital area. Pain during intercourse
Anyone who is sexually active can be at risk. Some infections may be in the body for months without any visible signs. Anyone can be infected from a single sexual contact with an infected person.
Yes. All STIs can be treated but there are still some that cannot be cured such as HIV/AIDS, herpes, and certain types of hepatitis.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that affects the immune system. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a less commonly used term to describe when HIV infection is advanced and has impacted the immune system to a significant level. This leaves the affected person open to certain illnesses known as opportunistic infections.