You just received test results showing that you have an STI. Lots of thoughts are going through your mind, and one of them is whether this means that you should stop having sex. Should you?
For people living with HIV knowing where to go and who to turn to for support can be a challenge on it’s own, although there are a few places and people one can turn to for support and encouragement.
Yet, we must admit that the media, especially porn, peer pressure, and sexual partners can often influence this preference. For some time now, a shaved pubic area has gained traction as many people prefer to shave rather than leave the […]
While these are great news! We cannot rule out that AIDS is still a threat due to, in part, poor adherence to HIV treatment and lack of testing. So, what does AIDS stand for? Simply, AIDS = Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. […]
A few weeks after the infection, some people have symptoms, including: These symptoms may disappear after a few weeks and while they may not re-appear for a few years, the virus will continue to weaken your immune system. These, and […]
My boyfriend is not circumcised. Is he at more risk of getting an STI than if he were to circumcise?
When we talk about STIs, we often focus more on aspects such as symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. We pay little attention to an important fact which is the two key categories of STIs that exist. These two categories are based on whether an STI is curable or not.
Joseph a 23-year-old student is living with HIV. He recently had unprotected sex with an HIV-positive person. Can he contract another type or strain of HIV?
Because of society’s fear and ignorance about HIV, people living with HIV are frequently stigmatized in various ways. We don’t talk about stigma enough, so I wanted to go a little further.
Many people only get tested for HIV if they’ve recently engaged in risky behavior or if mandated during medical care yet an HIV test should be part of your routine checkup. First, let’s agree that some people are at higher […]
Taking good care of yourself is very important if you have HIV. You may think that adhering to medication is all it takes but it is only one part of self-care…
There are several factors that put women at higher risk for HIV. These include gender-based violence e.g. rape or when they cannot freely choose to have safe sex, poverty, little information on how to protect themselves from HIV, and then […]
Candida is a fungal infection. It’s also known as yeast infection, candidiasis, thrush, or genital candidosis.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) generally affects women. It’s when the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted by an increase of more ‘harmful’ bacteria.
Scabies is a very itchy, contagious skin infection caused by the scabies mite.
Pubic lice are also known as ‘crabs’. Pubic lice are small parasites that dig underneath your skin, and feed on your blood.
Trichomoniasis is also known as ‘trich’. It’s an STD that affects both women and men, but women are more likely to have symptoms.
HIV is short for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which causes AIDS. AIDS is short for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
Water warts are caused by a virus called molluscum contagiosum. It’s a common viral infection that affects the skin and causes fluid-filled blisters.
Genital herpes is an STD caused by two different types of herpes simplex virus (HSV). It looks like a cold sore or blister.
Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). It’s one of the most common STDs worldwide.
Syphilis is an STD caused by a bacterium called Treponema palliduium. It’s known as the ‘great imitator’ because its symptoms are hard to distinguish from other STDs.
Gonorrhoea is caused by bacteria called Niesseria gonorrhoeae. It’s very contagious. It can infect your throat, urethra, vagina, and anus.
Chlamydia is an STD caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis.