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  STIs What is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)?  
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION (STI) information for Men who have sex with other Men, based in Bedfordshire

 

   

 

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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 infected partner.

Men who have sex with men can get STIís through:

  • having unprotected anal sex,
  • having unprotected oral sex, or
  • having genital contact with an infected partner.

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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