Many of us will get a sexually transmitted infection at some point, even if we have safer sex or sex with only a few people.
However, the more people you have sex with the more likely you are to get infections. You’re also more at risk if you don’t use protection such as condoms, dental dams, or latex gloves.
All lesbian and bisexual women can be at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection as there are a variety of ways that STIs can be passed from partner to partner.
STIs are infections picked up during sex. They can sometimes be called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
STIs are caused by:
Viruses, such as HIV, herpes, hepatitis and warts
Bacteria, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea
Parasites, such as crabs and scabies
You can sometimes get crabs and scabies without having sex, as they can be picked up from bedding, towels and clothes.
WHAT ARE STI'S?
Condoms and dental dams, used correctly, are very good at stopping HIV and other STIs being passed on during anal, vaginal or oral sex. However, STIs are much easier to catch or pass on than HIV, and some can be spread by other types of sexual contact.
If you live within Leicestershire & Rutland your eligible to have a C-Card. This gives you free access to both Condoms & Lube. When you sign up you receive our first pack with your C-Card and once you need more you can simply visit any C-Card centre and there are many in and around Hinckley.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF?