Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Learning Tool
A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is an infection that’s spread through sexual contact (oral, vaginal or anal). Any type of sexual contact or activity involves some risk. STIs can negatively affect a person’s sexual and reproductive health. Many people who have an STI don’t have symptoms, and don’t even realize they are passing on an STI to their partner. Safer sex practices can reduce a person’s risk. Getting tested is an important part of staying healthy. The rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea are highest in the 15-24 year old age group.