Sexually Transmitted Infections


Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and venereal disease (VD), are infections that are transmitted during sex. They are very common and are usually passed on during unprotected sex.

STIs include:

If you are having sex, or are thinking about becoming sexually active, it is important to learn about STIs and how to protect yourself. Some STIs can be cured and some cannot. Herpes, Hepatitis B, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are STIs that cannot be cured. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis, and syphilis are STIs that can be cured if treated.

You can reduce the risk of getting an STI by taking the following precautions:

  • Talk about STIs and safe sex with every partner so that you can protect one another
  • Check that you are up-to-date with vaccinations against Hepatitis and HPV
  • Get tested, along with your partner, before having sex
  • Use condoms for vaginal, anal, and oral sex

If you have questions about STIs, or require a free, confidential test, contact the sexual health clinic:

  • North Bay, Mattawa and Sturgeon Falls  705-474-1400 or 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5289
  • Parry Sound   705-746-5801 ext. 3213

Additional resources

North Bay

345 Oak Street West

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)