Get the Facts
Pretty much everyone knows about The Pill, but there are a lot of other options available. Bedsider has great information about all the different methods, plus they’ll email or text you reminders about taking your pill, changing your patch, going to your next appointment, etc.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
There are many different kinds of STIs (sometimes called STDs), and since many of them have no symptoms (especially for women), you might not even know you have one.
STIs are caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses. STIs that are caused by bacteria or parasites can be cured, which means that once you are treated for them, the STI is gone and won’t come back unless you are exposed again. STIs caused by viruses can’t be cured, but can be treated to minimize symptoms.
STIs can be transmitted through oral sex, vaginal sex, or anal sex, and some can even be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact during other sexual activities. The best way to protect yourself against STIs is to use a condom during sexual activity. (Get your condoms here – FREE!)
More good information about STIs is available at Talk About Sex.
HIV is a virus. Anyone can get it, and while it can be treated with medication, there is no cure. If you’re sexually active, you should know your HIV status.
HIV is not transmitted by casual contact such as hugging or shaking hands. You’re at risk for infection if you come into contact with an infected person’s blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or breast milk. People are most commonly exposed by having unprotected vaginal or anal sex or sharing needles when injecting drugs.
The Body has a lot more information about HIV/AIDS. Check it out.