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Explainer: STIs, What They are and What They...

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise in Canada. And many of the conditions that were previously on the decline are seeing a new resurgence (syphilis, we’re looking at you), so let’s talk sexual health and what we can do to keep ourselves (and our partners) safe.

Everyone, of any sexual orientation, are vulnerable to contracting STIs — and almost half of all STIs occur in people younger than 25 years old. They also don’t always require penetration to occur.

The number one reason for the increase? Unsafe sex; specifically condomless sex as well as having multiple partners. However, STIs can also be transmitted even if there is no genital contact, and can spread orally, or by sharing needles — or even breastfeeding.

So here’s what you need to know to stay safe:

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