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A sexually transmitted infection (STI), is basically any kind of bacterial or viral infection that can be passed on through unprotected sexual contact. Anyone can get an STI, but don’t panic, most infections are easily treated, and getting tested is free and confidential.
Below are some common STI symptoms.
This is not an STI but can be caused by one
This is not an STI but can be caused by one.
Pain or tenderness in the lower abdomen could also be for other reasons such as ectopic pregnancy or ovulation
This is not an STI.
You’d be naive to fall into the trap of thinking “I don’t have any symptoms so I must be fine”. STIs don’t work like that unfortunately. Some people won’t ever experience any symptoms, and yet they’re still infected. For others, symptoms can take months to appear. For example:
Not an STI but sex can trigger it.
Not an STI but sex and STIs can trigger it.
Not an STI but STIs can trigger it.
Not an STI but it is more common in women who are sexually active.
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