South Africa is dealing with very high number of STIs, so it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your partner/s.​ 

Consistent and correct condom use, STI testing, and open communication with your partner/s are important steps in protecting yourself and preventing STI transmission. PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) can also be added as an extra layer of protection for individuals who have an increased risk of contracting HIV.​

To learn more about PrEP, click here.  

Treating STIs​ 

STIs require treatment that is dependent on the STI you may have. Some STIs require treatment with antibiotics (which fight bacteria) or antivirals (which fight viruses). Treatment can help clear your infection, prevent it from getting worse, or decrease your chances of spreading the STI. ​ 

Important points to remember​  

  • If you are prescribed antibiotics for your STI, it is important to finish the entire course. ​ 
  • It is important to abstain from sex during treatment until you have received medical clearance from a healthcare professional. ​ 
  • If your symptoms persist after treatment, or if they get worse, it is important to visit your healthcare professional to determine if the treatment has not worked or if you have been re-infected.​ 

Part 1 | The Nitty Gritty of STIs
Part 2 | The Nitty Gritty of STIs


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