Information on preventing, managing and treating sexually transmitted infections like genital herpes, chlamydia, human papillomavirus and gonorrhea.
Used properly, condoms can greatly reduce the risk of pregnancy and STIs. By using them, you protect yourself and your partner and help prevent the spread of disease.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can cause painful sores on and around the genital area. It can be transmitted during sex even if your partner has no sores or symptoms of infection. There is no cure, but medication can help ease symptoms.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) (commonly known as "the clap") that can cause sterility. It is transmitted through sex and can also be transmitted from mother to child during childbirth.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is transmitted through sex and can also be transmitted from mother to child during childbirth. Although less common, it can be transmitted through injection drug use or through broken skin on the body.
Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is caused by the same type of bacteria that causes chlamydia but is a different strain. LGV can lead to serious health problems, including extensive scarring and damage/destruction of the genitals and anus/rectum.
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in Canada. It is transmitted through sex and can be transmitted from mother to child during childbirth. When left untreated, it can lead to painful health problems and sterility.
It is estimated that as many as 75% of sexually active men and women will have at least one HPV infection in their lifetime but many people with healthy immune systems will eventually clear the infection from their bodies.
HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness that leaves people vulnerable to infections. When the body can no longer fight infection, the disease has progressed to become AIDS.
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