Contemplator QA Post Category: STIs and Safer Sex Practices

Where can I get help?

For more information: talk with your health care provider visit AHS Sexual and Reproductive Health or Alberta STI clinics to learn about local resources and supports call Health Link at 811

What is consent?

Sexual consent means partners agree to the sexual activity and understand what they’re agreeing to. Consent is the foundation of healthy sexual relationships. Consent must be given for every sexual activity, every time. Sexual consent is about a person’s right to make their own choice about sexual activity. You can’t assume that because you’ve had […]

What is safer sex? How can I practice safer sex?

Any type of sexual contact or activity involves some risk. These risks could be physical, social, or emotional. Some sexual practices can reduce your risks; these are safer sex practices. Practicing safer sex can reduce the chance of getting an STI or becoming pregnant. To make sexual activity as safe as possible, plan ahead by: […]

Can having an STI affect my ability to conceive a baby?

If left untreated, STIs can have lasting effects on your health and fertility. If you or your partner(s) have an STI, it’s important that you talk with your health care providers about treatment. If all partner(s) are not treated, there’s the risk of becoming infected again. If STIs like gonorrhea and chlamydia are left untreated, […]

If I think I might have an STI, what should I do?

If you think you may have an STI, talk with your health care provider. It’s important to get tested as soon as possible. To learn about STI testing, see Common STI Questions  Testing is also available in Alberta at STI clinics or Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics. Make sure to avoid all sexual contact until […]

What are the symptoms of an STI?

STIs can have a number of symptoms or no symptoms at all. Symptoms of STIs can include: discharge from the penis, vagina or anus pain, burning, or discomfort when urinating (peeing) pain during sex abnormal or unusual vaginal bleeding, especially after sex genital sores, lumps or bumps on your genitals that may not even be […]

What is a STI? What should I be tested for?

STIs are sexually transmitted infections that can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact. This can include oral, vaginal, and anal sex, genital touching, and sharing sex toys. Often these infections don’t have symptoms, so you may not even know you have an STI. You might be at risk if: you’re having […]