Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed from person to person through unprotected sexual activity. STIs are also referred to as STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases. Some groups of people in Ohio are at higher risk for STIs than others due to several factors.

STIs are separated into three main categories:

  • Bacterial (ex. Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, BV)
  • Viral (ex. Hepatitis, HIV, HPV, Herpes)
  • Parasitic (ex. Pubic Lice, Scabies, Trichomoniasis)

Each of these groups vary depending on where they are in/on the body, ease of treatment, and complications. This page will give you basic information about STIs.