Sexual Activity and Alcohol

STIs

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Acquiring an STI

STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) are infections that are passed through close contact or the exchange of body fluids. Many people who have an STI don't have any obvious symptoms or signs, so it is important to know how they spread, how to avoid infection, understand the risks if left untreated, and know what to do if you think you may be infected. Examine issues related to young people and STIs.

If left untreated STIs can lead to serious and painful health consequences. It is really important that people with STIs are diagnosed early so that they can receive proper treatment and avoid ongoing health problems and spreading the infection. In order to best prevent STIs, you should adopt the following strategies to reduce the risk of unsafe or unwanted sex.

Unprotected sex is more likely to occur when alcohol is involved. Unless you're in a long-term, monogamous relationship there's no such thing as "safe sex", and you risk acquiring an STI. Look at this campaign run by the Byron Youth Service that addresses the link between binge drinking and STIs. Examine strategies to reduce your risk of unsafe or unwanted sex. Examine issues related to young people and STIs.

Take the Sexually transmissible infections quiz