Sex can be one of life's great pleasures, especially when you know the facts and can make choices to protect yourself. is BC's information resource for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). These diseases are also sometimes called sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or venereal disease (VD). STIs are generally transmitted through various forms of sexual contact or activity. With some, the symptoms can be seen and can include lumps, bumps, sores, rashes and/or discharge, but with others the symptoms are invisible.

The only way to know for sure if you have an STI is to get tested. There are several clinics in BC that specialize in testing and treating STIs, or you can visit your family doctor.

If you choose to visit a clinic, our "Getting Help and Getting Tested" section will help you find one near you and tell you what to expect when you get there.

For those of you looking for information on how to stay safe, we recommend "How To Protect Myself and Others".

The information here covers such things as the types of protection available, how to talk to your partner about using protection and how to use protection properly. We also want to help and encourage you to get tested regularly.

No matter what your situation is, is here to inform you so you continue to enjoy one of life's great pleasures.

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