Our expert says:
there are a number of symptoms (eg abnormal and/or smelly discharge, growths or sores in genital area, pain in lower abdomen). That said, these symptoms don't have to be a SEXUALLY transmitted infection, sometimes a yeast infection caused by diet or other factors can produce changes to discharge etc. There are alos STIs that do not produce symptoms (eg. Chlamydia, HIV). Treatment depends on the infection and some have no treatment - only management options (e.g. HIV, herpes). STIs are transmitted by unprotected sexual contact - skin on skin or exchange of bodily fluids.
Claire - SASHA
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