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  • Safer sex

    Safer sex can play an important role in taking care of your sexual health. Not only does safer sex involve preventing sexually transmitted infections (STI) and unwanted pregnancy, it also includes your physical and emotional well-being. Here are some ways that you can make sex safer.

  • Scabies

    Scabies is a skin infection caused by the parasite Sarcoptes scabiei. Scabies usually occurs on the hands, armpits, wrists, nipples, waist, abdomen, genitals, and thighs. Scabies can be treated with lotions or creams.

  • Sex toys

    Sex toys or sex aids are used to help with pleasure during sex. They come in all shapes and sizes and some vibrate. You can use them when you are alone, or with partners. Some examples of sex toys include vibrators, dildos, cock rings, anal beads, harnesses, and feathers.

  • Sex work

    Sex workers and their clients often tell us that it is hard for them to talk openly to health care providers about the details of their sex lives. When this happens, people may not get the best sexual health care.

  • Sexual assault

    Sexual Assault is any kind of sexual act that you do not consent to. This can include everything from unwanted kissing, to groping, to forced oral, vaginal/ internal genital or anal penetration. It may include physical violence or not. Sometimes manipulation or threats are used to convince a person to have sex against their will.

  • Sexual orientation

    Sexual orientation is a term used to describe a person’s pattern of attraction based on gender. Sexual orientation may include attraction to the same gender, a gender different than your own, both or neither. Sexual orientation may be emotional, erotic, romantic, and/or sexual.

  • Shigellosis

    Shigellosis is an infection caused by the bacteria Shigella. The bacteria are found in the stool and are easily passed between people when tiny bits of infected stool get in the mouth.

  • STI testing checklist

    Know exactly what you are getting tested for. It helps to have a checklist to review with your health care provider to determine which tests you need.

  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum. Syphilis infection occurs in stages: primary, secondary, early latent and late latent. Each stage has different symptoms associated with it.