Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections (STBBIs)

Preventing STBBIs

STBBIs are infections caused by microbes (viruses and bacteria) and are transmitted between individuals especially during sexual contact.

Often, STBBIs don't cause symptoms but can have significant aftereffects if left untreated.

An infected person is contagious even if they don't have any symptoms.

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Locate the nearest resource for free condoms or screening.


Young People Most Affected by STBBIs

While the individuals most often affected are young people 15 to 24 years of age, STBBIs can be found in nearly all age groups. 

  • Condoms are the most effective way to prevent infection.
  • Screening is slowing the progress of the current outbreak in Estrie.
  • Some STBBIs can also be transmitted by blood during activities such as tattooing, piercing (under unsterile conditions), drug use, and so on.

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