What are STIs and BBVs?
STIs and BBVs are infections that can affect everyone. Some are cured by themselves, some need medicine to be cured and some will stay with a person for the rest of their life.
STIs are passed on through unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex with someone who has an STI.
STIs are usually passed on through:
- Anal fluids
- Vaginal fluids
- Genital skin contact
- Genital warts
- Genital herpes
BBVs are viruses that are passed on through blood-to-blood contact, including sharing or reusing needles and other injecting, tattooing and piercing equipment.
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
HIV and hepatitis B can also be passed on through unprotected sex.