Sexually transmitted infections (STIís) are
passed on through intimate sexual contact.
Anyone who is sexually active is potentially at
risk of contracting an STI. STIís include;
Chlamydia, Genital Warts, Herpes, Syphilis and
Gonorrhoea. They can be passed on during anal,
vaginal and oral sexual intercourse. Some STIís
can be passed on through genital contact with an
Men who have sex with men can get STIís
having unprotected anal sex,
having unprotected oral sex, or
having genital contact with an infected
The risk of contracting infections such as
Gonorrhoea and Syphilis through oral sex is much
greater than the risk of contracting HIV.
However, recent studies suggest that the
potential risk of HIV through oral sex is higher
than previously estimated.
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