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STI means sexually transmitted infection. STIs are spread by sex. Chlamydia and HIV are examples of diseases that are spread by sex. Most STIs can be cured. Treatment with medicines will cure you. HIV cannot be cured, but it can be treated. Your health will be restored through medicines that suppress the virus.

There are several ways to diminish the risk of an STI or HIV. The best protection against STIs and HIV are condoms and sufficient lubricant. Some STIs can be prevented by vaccination. You are then protected against the infections. Against HIV you can have a PEP treatment. This is a course of treatment to be taken after you have run the risk of an HIV infection. The risk will then be diminished.

There are various kinds of bacteria, viruses and other infectious agents you can get or spread when having sex. Therefore these agents are called sexually transmitted infections: STIs. The complaints or symptoms of each STI differ. There are common symptoms that go with each STI. Sometimes there are no complaints at all. An STI test is the only way to discover whether you have an STI or not. You may not know it yourself.

Health and Social Support Services for Sex Workers in Europe

www.services4sexworkers.eu is a website that presents a directory of services available for sex workers in 25 European countries, and legal information regarding sex work, migration and access to health.

An European network of 26 organisations in 25 EU countries, which works with and for sex workers since 1993, and advocates for sex workers' rights.

www.services4sexworkers.eu informs sex workers, health and social workers about respectful and non-discriminatory support available across Europe.


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