A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is an infection that can be transmitted from one person to another through sexual contact (exchange of semen, vaginal fluids, blood or other body fluids).
A blood borne infection is transmitted through contact with infected blood.
To reduce the risks of contracting sexually transmitted and blood borne infections, it is advisable to:
- Limit your number of sexual and drug use partners;
- Know your sexual or drug use partners’ medical history (infections or communicable diseases);
- Inform your sexual partners if you have a sexually transmitted or blood borne infection and make sure they are being tested and treated;
- Have safe sex;
- Never share drug use equipment with other partners;
- Make sure that you have tattoo and body piercing done with sterile equipment;
- Have regular medical check-ups;
- Talk to a health care provider about the vaccines available to protect you against certain diseases (hepatitis and human papillomavirus);
- Contact AIDS New Brunswick for information, support, and a disposable needle exchange program.
Anyone wishing to talk to a health care professional about sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBI) can call:
- Family physician;
- Nurse practitioner;
- Tele-Care (811);
- New Brunswick HIV/AIDS information line (1-800-561-4009);
- New Brunswick sexually transmitted infection information line (1 877 784 1010).
For more information
AIDS New Brunswick
The Public Health Act and its regulations form the legal basis for reporting and investigating notifiable communicable diseases and for control efforts.
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