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  • Safer sex

    Safer sex can play an important role in taking care of your sexual health. Not only does safer sex involve preventing sexually transmitted infections (STI) and unwanted pregnancy, it also includes your physical and emotional well-being. Here are some ways that you can make sex safer.

  • Scabies

    Scabies is a skin infection that is mainly passed by close person-to-person contact, including sexual contact. It can also be spread through clothing, bedding, furniture or hard surfaces. People of all ages, including children, can get scabies. Scabies is not always a sexually transmitted infection, but it is spread by close contact and can be easily passed between sex partners

  • Sex toys

    Sex toys or sex aids are used to help with pleasure during sex. They come in all shapes and sizes and some vibrate. You can use them when you are alone, or with partners. Some examples of sex toys include vibrators, dildos, cock rings, anal beads, harnesses, and feathers.

  • Sex work

    Sex workers and their clients often tell us that it is hard for them to talk openly to health care providers about the details of their sex lives. When this happens, people may not get the best sexual health care.

  • Sexual assault

    Sexual Assault is any kind of sexual act that you did not consent to. This can include everything from unwanted kissing, to groping, to forced oral, vaginal (frontal) or anal penetration. It may include physical violence or not. Sometimes manipulation or threats are used to convince a person to have sex against their will.

  • Sexual orientation

    Sexual orientation is a term used to describe a person’s pattern of attraction based on gender. Sexual orientation may include attraction to the same gender, a gender different than your own, both or neither. Sexual orientation may be emotional, erotic, romantic, and/or sexual.

  • Shigellosis

    Shigellosis is an infection caused by Shigella bacteria that causes diarrhea. The bacteria are found in the stool and are easily passed between people when tiny bits of infected stool get in the mouth.

  • STI testing checklist

    Know exactly what you are getting tested for. It helps to have a checklist to review with your health care provider to determine which tests you need.

  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum. Syphilis infection occurs in stages, called primary, secondary, early latent and late latent. Each stage has different kinds of symptoms.