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Sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) can affect sexual and reproductive health. Some STBBI can also have a significant effect on the overall health and well-being of people who are infected.
STBBI include the following: Cliquez pour agrandir

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis C
  • Infections caused by the human papilloma virus (genital warts, some cancers)
  • Herpes
  • HIV

These infections often cause few or no symptoms. Therefore, individuals can easily get
and then spread an infection without knowing it.

Unprotected sexual activities can increase the risks of getting an STBBI.


Some practices and interventions can reduce the risks of getting an STBBI

These include:

  • Always using condoms with all your sex partners
  • Getting tested regularly
  • Notifying your partners if you are diagnosed with an STBBI
  • Don’t share drug injection or inhalation equipment

There are other ways to protect yourself when you have sex with a partner

For information on the most effective methods go to :

  • Talk to a health professional (doctor, nurse, pharmacist)
  • Talk to someone at a community group specializing in prevention.