You have the power to keep yourself and others safe from sexually transmitted infections (STI). STI's are a virus, bacteria, parasite or fungus spread through all types of sexual contact. A person with a sexually transmitted infection may have no outward signs that they are infected. For example, a person may be infected with gonorrhea but they don't show any symptoms of the infection. They may not even know they have it. This means they could pass it on to others without even knowing. Get tested and wear a condom every time you have sex. Go to our Find a Clinic page to get information on local free and confidential clinics and to find out where to get free condoms in Milwaukee, check out our friends at 414ALL.
STD vs. STI
Sexually transmitted disease (STD) and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) are two different ways to say the same thing. The term STI is broader and more encompassing because some infections are curable and may not cause any symptoms. If the infection results in altering the typical function of the body, it is then called a disease.
Could I Have an STI?
STIs are spread through all types of sex including oral, anal, and vaginal sex. Most often STIs are spread through unprotected sex (no condom), but some STIs can spread even with condom use.
- Getting tested is the only way to know your status for sure. Getting checked yearly is a great idea.
- Some STIs might not have symptoms but can still cause serious problems if left untreated.
- The only 100% effective method for preventing STIs is abstinence or not having sex. This includes abstaining from oral sex.