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  • Cervicitis

    Cervicitis is an inflammation of the cervix. The cervix is a narrow passage that connects the vagina or internal genitals and the uterus. Cervicitis has many causes, but sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are the most common. Cervicitis can usually be cured with antibiotics.

  • Chlamydia

    Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. Infections can occur in the penis or external genitals, vagina or internal genitals, anus, throat, and eye. The bacteria can also be found in body fluids such as semen, pre-ejaculate, vaginal fluids, and anal fluids.

  • Coming out

    "Coming out" is the process of becoming aware of your sexual orientation and/or gender identity, accepting it, and telling others about it.

  • Compulsive sex

    Compulsive sex is a term that refers to frequent or constant sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviours that get in the way of day-to-day life. ‘Sex addiction’ is another term that is sometimes also used.

  • Condoms

    Condoms include both external condoms (also called “male” condoms) and internal condoms (also called “female” condoms). When used properly, they can prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy. Condoms can be bought at most drug stores, corner stores and grocery stores. Health clinics, youth clinics, and sexual health clinics often have free external condoms available to the public.