What is an Sexually Transmissible Infection (SIT)?

STI is short for sexually transmissible infection – an infection you can get from having sex with someone who has that infection.

Common STIs in remote communities are chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomonas and syphilis. HIV is also an STI.

Sexually Transmissible Infections

STIs affect young people especially people aged 15–34 years and are very common in many remote and isolated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

You can have an STI and not know it, because many STIs have no signs or symptoms—that’s why it is important to get tested regularly.

Even if you are feeling well, it can be causing damage to your body. You can also pass the infection on to people you have sex with even if you feel well and don’t have symptoms.

STIs can be very dangerous for pregnant women. They can harm both the mum and baby. Testing as soon as you know you’re pregnant and during pregnancy is super important.

Facts About Sexually Transmissible Infections

STI Fact Sheets

Click here for some factsheets about STIs.

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