These are infections that are transmitted from one infected person to another through vaginal, anal or oral sex or through close intimate sexual contact. Anybody at any age could be infected.

The most effective way to prevent spreading or getting STDs/STIs is to abstain from sexual activity or be faithful to one-long-term partner who has tested negative. Using latex condoms (male or female), practicing safe sex and  getting vaccinations for STIs like Herpes.

It is there important to seek medical attention at youth friendly centres so that check-ups for STDs/STIs can be done and treated if positive before indulging in sexual activities.

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