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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Avoiding STIs

STIs are usually passed on by sex with an infected person though some can be passed on in other ways as well. They can be caught during oral, vaginal or anal sex.

Using a male or female condom every time you have sex will stop the transmission of most STIs. Condoms should be used in addition to another method of contraception, such as the pill, which does not protect against infections. This is often referred to as the 'double dutch' method.

Condoms are easily available from Youth Advisory Centres (for under 21s) and family planning clinics, sexual health services and from GUM clinics.