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STI stands for sexually transmissible infection. An STI is an infection which can be passed from one person to another during sexual activities that involve direct skin-to-skin contact and/or the exchange of bodily fluids.

It doesn’t matter who you are – anyone can get an STI.

STIs are really common. Many have only mild, few or no symptoms. One in two sexually active young people will get an STI by the age of 25. Testing positive for an STI does not make you dirty. STIs are a normal part of being sexually active. What is important is that we practice safer sex to reduce our chance of getting an STI, or passing one on to someone else. 

In New Zealand, some of the most common STIs are:

  • Chlamydia
  • Genital warts (HPV)
  • Herpes (HSV1 and HSV2)
  • Gonorrhoea

Did you know? Preventing an STI is easier than treating an STI.

STIs - What you need to know
Types of STIs
Do I have an STI?
How do I tell my partner/s I have an STI?
HPV vaccination
Finding healthcare near you
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What is ‘safer sex’?