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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Also known as STIs or venereal diseases, these are infections that are transmitted from person to person via sexual activity.

The burden of sexually transmitted infections in Africa – especially among young people is rising.

With varying sexual practices, STIs are not limited to reproductive organs and other parts of the body can be affected such as the blood (and other body fluids), throat/pharynx and anus.


Infections are caused by a host of different germs. Making treatment challenging is the fact that sometimes infections are not immediately apparent – so people may be infected yet display NO abnormalities physically.

In addition, one or more infections may co-exist meaning that more than one type of treatment may be required to ensure total cure.


Condoms, safe sexual practices, regular testing (if one is in ‘at risk’ partnerships) are important to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections.

If STIs are NOT properly and completely treated, they can proceed to other very serious problems including damage to reproductive organs, infertility, immune system suppression, organ failure etc.


The challenge of STIs also extends to:

  • problems with early detection as there are insufficient treatment centres where people can access care in a stigma-free environment,
  • concerns about antimicrobial resistance – available drugs no longer effective for treatment.

Herbal preparations DO NOT cure sexually transmitted infections.


Click below to learn more about the different sexually transmitted infections.

Chlamydia Article

Video – Chlamydia

Practices That Can Increase Your Risk of STIs

Gonorrhoea

Valentine’s Bloody Semen Consultation

Ask AwayHealth’s Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Sex Life


These are NOT STIs – but they can occur with them:

  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Thrush
  • Cystitis
  • Scabies

Editing by AskAwayHealth Team

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