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Sexual Health

The articles on this page are informative articles on the different types of contraception available, basic information on sexual intercourse, and information on sexually transmitted infections/diseases (STI/STDs). Please be aware that most places have laws regulating who may, and may not, engage in sexual intercourse and other sexual acts. The most common of these being sex between a partner under 18 and a partner over 18.

We are providing this information because we understand that it can be very difficult for people to speak with an adult in their life about these topics, or that they may not have a trusted adult to speak to. The RYL First Aid Advisors don’t advocate one type of contraception over another, nor do we encourage or discourage people from participating in sexual activities. We advise people to make their own decisions based on what is best for themselves, and not to let people pressure them into anything they may not be ready for.

The articles may be triggering to some. We have made our best effort to write this article using medical terms, explanations and descriptions. Things may seem presented bluntly because the information is being presented in the most direct form possible to make it easier to understand. We have chosen this rather than using euphemisms so that it is understandable to people from all areas.

Sexual Health Articles
Information on Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections (STD/STIs)

Information on Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections (STD/STIs)

A STD/STI is a disease or infection that can be transmitted during sexually intimate acts, including kissing, oral sex, vaginal sex and anal sex. These diseases and infections are usually transmitted from the body fluids of the infected partner into the non-infected partner through the mucous membranes. Your mouth, lips, nose, eyes, vagina/penis and rectum are all mucous membranes. Some STD/STIs can be transmitted other ways that sexual acts, but are considered STD/STIs when they are transmitted during sexual activity.

If you believe that you have an STD/STI or you were exposed to one through an infected partner it is important to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible as some STDs when left untreated can cause permanent damage and even death.

Rather than list the many different types of STD/STIs and their signs and symptoms we have provided links here to the United States Center For Disease Control’s website which has very in-depth information. Click on the name of the STD/STI you would like information about. The links include information about how the STD/STI is transmitted, what the symptoms are for males and females, the effects of the STD/STI and the treatment options.

Genital HPV Infection
Genital Herpes
Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pubic Lice

An important article for women who are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or have STD/STIs.
Pregnancy and STD/STIs


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