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  • Dental dams and other barriers

    Dental dams and medical gloves are a good way to lower the chance of getting or passing STIs and other infections. These are available in pharmacies, medical supply stores, sex shops and sexual health clinics. Supplies can also be ordered online.

  • Disseminated Gonococcal Infection (DGI)

    Disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI) is a complication that can happen when gonorrhea is not treated. It is sometimes called the "arthritis-dermatitis syndrome", because when the bacteria spread to other parts of the body it can cause joint pain and/or skin lesions.

  • Douching

    Douching comes from the French work ‘douche’ which means ‘to wash’. Douching means to clean a body cavity like a vagina or rectum with water. People may choose to douche for a variety of reasons, including medical or hygienic reasons.