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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.

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Easy and fast HIV test, anonymous: Municipal Health Service Amsterdam temporarily offers HIV self-test service, check: www.time2test.nl. An easy-to-take test, without blood involved. Results after 20 minutes.


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