Info about STIs, HIV and Birth Control

Project STAY offers sexual and reproductive health services. We also feel that it's important for people to know as much as they can about their own health. Here, we provide up-to-date, clear, medically accurate information to help you better understand your sexual health.

Sexually Transmitted Infections, also known as STIs, are infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact. STIs are also often called "sexually transmitted diseases" or "STDs."

There are many kinds of sexually transmitted infections and diseases. And they are very common - more than half of all of us will get one at some time in our lives.

Use the list below to find out about some of the most common kinds of STIs:

Chlamydia Gonorrhea Syphillis
Trichomoniasis HPV Herpes

Testing: Project STAY provides testing for Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If there's a chance you may have a sexually transmitted infection, getting tested is a great way to protect your sexual health and the health of your sex partners.

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It's a virus that attacks the body's immune system. AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) occurs as an advanced stage of HIV infection when the immune system has been weakened.

Birth Control allows you to prevent pregnancy or plan the timing of pregnancy. Find the birth control method that would work best for you. Among your options are: the pill, NuvaRing, Depo-Provera, and emergency contraception (or EC).

Condoms prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. They are available in different styles and colors, and are available dry, lubricated, and with spermicide.

Relationships: Romantic or sexual relationships are one way to connect and share with other people, and they often play an important role in our overall health and well-being. Relationships can provide you with great happiness, but they can also be very challenging.

For answers to all kinds of questions about sexuality and sexual health, great information is provided by and Planned Parenthood.