Updated: Oct 24, 2020
What are sexually transmitted infections?
Good sex life can do wonders to our lives, but also may bring unpleasant surprises. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are much more common than you think, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than 1 million curable STIs are acquired every day! Any sexual contact — vaginal, oral, anal sex, or even just skin-to-skin contact — would potentially put you at risk for STIs.
Over 35 different types of STIs caused by viruses, bacterias, and parasites, are known to be transmitted through sexual contact. Many STIs are asymptomatic, about 50% of men and 70% of women who are infected do not have any symptoms, and they may never know that they are infected until months or years later. STIs often catch people off guard, so it’s very important to learn about it to protect yourself and to maintain a satisfying sex life.