How do you get a sexually transmitted infection?
Through unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sex.
Through sharing sex toys that have not been washed or covered with a condom.
Via female to female transmission such as rubbing vulvas or transferring discharge from one vagina to another via fingers.
Passed from mother to baby during childbirth.
How do you prevent getting a sexually transmitted infection?
If used correctly, condoms will prevent both men and women from contracting most sexually transmitted infections.
There are some infections such as Herpes and Warts which live on the skin around the genital area such as the groin and pubis and the condom does not cover this area.
This is why we say that condoms will prevent most sexually transmitted infections.
Should I work if I have been diagnosed with an STI?
There are three very good reasons why you should avoid having sex with your partner and continuing to sex work until your infection has been fully treated and cleared:
1. Pain and discomfort – many STI’s cause pain and discomfort, either in the genital area or through flu-like symptoms. Even with condoms and lubrication pain can still be felt. Give your body a rest during this time.
2. Need to rest and recover – particularly if you are suffering from Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
3. To avoid passing the infection on to other people.
It is very important that if you have a sexually transmitted infection, your partner(s) are also treated and checked for infections.
We are always happy to answer any of your questions about STIs in your language.
We will use a telephone interpreter or face to face advocate in your language who can do this.