Pre-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 to learn about local resources and supports call Health Link at 811  

How can drugs or alcohol affect safer sex practices?

It’s important to think about activities that can increase sexual risk. Using drugs and alcohol can increase sexual risk because: drugs and alcohol can affect decision-making people who have sex while using alcohol or drugs are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviours people may forget to use their birth control method or not […]

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: […]

How could an STI affect my sexual and reproductive health?

Some STIs don’t have any symptoms or their symptoms go away. Regular testing finds infections early and helps prevent them from being passed to partners. Treating infections early can prevent serious harm to your reproductive health. STIs can cause serious infections of the uterus, fallopian tubes (the tubes that carry the egg to the uterus), […]

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 right away. To learn about STI testing, see STI Clinics: Services and common STI questions Testing is available in Alberta in STI clinics or Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics Make sure to avoid all sexual contact […]

What are the most common STIs?

There are many types of STIs; some are more common than others. Any time you have sexual contact with another person, you could be exposing yourself to an STI. The following list outlines the most common STIs:

What is an STI?

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. Some STIs (e.g., HPV) can increase a person’s risk of getting certain types of cancers. Having one STI can increase your risk of getting […]