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April is Sexually Transmitted Awareness Month

Talk, Test, Treat

This April, in honor of STI Awareness Month, take some time to learn about sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Anyone who is sexually active can get an STI, so why not learn more about them and how to minimize your exposure to STIs and take care of your sexual health.

Can I get an STI from oral sex?

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Can someone get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from oral sex? Yes. Many STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, can be transmitted through oral sex.

Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU)

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Nongonococcal urethritis (NGU) is an infection of the urethra that is not caused by gonorrhea. You can get NGU by touching your mouth, penis, vagina, or anus, to someone else’s penis, vagina, or anus (who has NGU).

What are scabies?


Scabies is similar to pubic lice, but the bugs are too small to be seen. The bugs dig under the skin. A health care provider can tell if you have scabies by looking at the burrows (often in a zigzag or “S” pattern) or rash.

Crabs (a.k.a. public lice) are a curable STI

Crabs a.k.a. pubic lice

Crabs are tiny little blood-sucking bugs (lice) that live in pubic hair and cause a lot of itching. You get crabs by touching or just being close to someone who already has them. Even if you don’t have sex, you can get crabs or give them to someone else.