Sexually Transmitted & Blood-Borne Infections

Sexually Transmitted & Blood-Borne Infections Basics

Understanding Sexually Transmitted & Blood Borne Infections (STBBI)

Sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs) are infections that can be transmitted during sexual activity through the exchange of bodily fluids or skin-to-skin contact. STBBIs can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi and can have serious consequences for sexual and reproductive health if left untreated.

At SafeLink Alberta, we provide information, education, and support for those affected by STBBIs. We believe that understanding the risks and taking preventative measures are key to maintaining sexual health and well-being.

Some common examples of STBBIs include HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes. These infections can be transmitted through unprotected sexual activity, sharing needles or other injection equipment, or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding.

It's important to note that many STBBIs may not show any symptoms, which is why regular testing is important, especially if you are sexually active or have engaged in activities that increase your risk of infection.

If you have been diagnosed with an STBBI, SafeLink Alberta is here to provide information, education, and support. Our services include counseling, referrals to medical professionals, and support groups.

Don't let STBBIs impact your sexual health and well-being. Contact SafeLink Alberta today to learn more about how you can protect yourself and others.

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