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What is an STI?

Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are infections that you can get if you have unprotected sex with someone. Not all STIs have symptoms and the best way to protect yourself and your partner is by using condoms/pukoro ure.

What is an STI?

Sexually transmissible infections are commonly called STIs for short. In some other countries they are also known as sexually transmissible diseases (STDs).

STIs are infections you can get if you have unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex or skin on skin contact with someone.

STIs can be serious and may not go away by themselves. It is important to be tested and, if necessary, treated.

What are the common STIs?

The most common STIs in Aotearoa New Zealand are:

HIV, which causes AIDS, is not as common.

Do all STIs have symptoms?

Some STIs have symptoms but often there are no signs at all. Many people will be infected with an STI without knowing it. You can’t tell if someone has an STI just by looking at them. It’s not who you are, but what you do that puts you at risk of getting an STI.

Can I protect myself from an STI?

A male condom.

There are ways to protect yourself and your partner against STIs. Male condoms and female condoms offer the best protection against STIs. They must be used correctly and used every time you have sex.

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