STI stands for “sexually transmitted infections.” STIs are infections that are passed on through the close, intimate contact that usually accompanies sexual activities. Some common STIs include the following: Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis, Gonorrhea, Human papilloma virus (HPV), genital herpes and syphilis.

If you have ever had an STI, you may have been exposed to HIV as well, and should consider getting tested for HIV. If you currently have an STI, you need to see a healthcare provider as soon as possible. Having an STI causes the skin to break down and can increase the risk of getting HIV, or passing HIV to others if an HIV-infected person has an STI. Some STIs can be present without causing symptoms. Therefore, if you think you are at risk of contracting STIs, you should be tested routinely for both HIV and STIs, even if you have no symptoms.