What are Sexually Transmitted Infections?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections or diseases that are spread during unprotected sexual contact (vaginal, anal or oral sex) with an infected partner.
Some STIs can also be transmitted from mother-to-child during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.
How can Sexually Transmitted Infections be prevented?
Using Protection: Condoms are one of the most effective ways to protect against STIs, including HIV, when used correctly and consistently
Getting Vaccinated: Safe and highly effective vaccines are available for some STIs such as HPV and hepatitis B.
Getting Tested for STIs in order to know your status and that of your sex partner.
Being Faithful to one partner or having fewer partners can reduce the risk of contracting STIs
Where Can You Get Tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections?
Testing and counselling sessions are FREE to the public at select locations across the country through the Queen's Park Counselling Centre and Clinic.
Some services offered by the Queen's Park Counselling Centre and Clinic include:
- STI testing and counselling Monday through Friday
- Health education and outreach programmes
- Pap smears