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The decision to be sexually active is a personal choice.

Access to medically accurate sexual health information is your right. 

Condoms are a great way to protect yourself against pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases/infections. 

But they aren't fool-proof. 

Knowing your risk and getting tested at regular intervals are important parts of maintaining your sexual health.

 

If you think you are at an increased risk for HIV, be sure to consider PrEP for HIV prevention. 

SYPHILIS

You can get syphilis by direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

CHLAMYDIA

You can get chlamydia by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has chlamydia.

GONORRHEA

You can get gonorrhea by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has gonorrhea.

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HERPES

You can get genital herpes by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the disease.

HPV

You can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus.

TRICHOMONIASIS

The parasite passes from an infected person to an uninfected person during sex. 

BACTERIAL

VAGINOSIS

Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women ages 15-44.

PELVIC

INFLAMMATORY

DISEASE

Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs. It is a complication often caused by some STDs.

MYCOPLASMA

GENITALIUM

Mycoplasma Genitalium is a type of bacteria. You get it by sexual touching, sexual rubbing, or  having oral, vaginal, or anal sex with someone who has it.

Get

Condoms

Condoms can help to reduce your risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease or infection.

Get

Tested

Regular screening can help you identify a disease or infection and get the treatment you need.

Find PrEP

PrEP is a medication that can protect against HIV.

HIV

HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus. This virus can weaken a person's immune system by destroying important cells that fight infection and disease. HIV can be transmitted sexually or through needle sharing.

Learn More

STOP HIV IOWA has great resources on HIV in Iowa and a variety of services.