Pain when you pee. Little bumps on your penis, vagina, or anywhere else “down there”. Sores that hurt.
These are all possible symptoms of STIs, or sexually transmitted infections, a.k.a. infections you can get from sex (oral, anal, or vaginal). But what about when there aren’t any symptoms? Does that mean you’re in the clear? Don’t be so sure!
The best way to deal with this tricky situation? Get tested! Before a new partner, during your annual exam, or after any unprotected sex. Testing, and condoms (male or female), are the best ways to prevent STIs if you are sexually active.