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STIs: Are You at Risk?

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Reported cases of sexually transmitted infections in Canada - particularly chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis - have been steadily increasing since 1997.*

Could YOU be exposed to HIV or other sexually transmitted infections? Take our quiz and see if your sexual behaviour or actions put you at risk.

 
True
False

1

I’ve never had vaginal, oral or anal intercourse, but show affection in other ways.

2

I don't have a sexual partner at this time in my life. I've always used protection in the past.

3

My partner and I have never had sex with anyone else.

4

I’ve had the same partner for the past 20 years or more, and NEITHER of us have had sex with anyone else during that time.

5

We (I and my partner) have never shared needles or equipment for drug or steroid use, tattooing or piercing.

If you answered, "YES" to questions 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 - you're at almost NO risk for acquiring HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B or other STIs.

6

My partner and I use a latex barrier every time we have vaginal and/or anal intercourse.

7

My partner and I use a latex barrier every time we have oral sex.

8

My partner and I have both tested negative for HIV (AIDS). Neither my partner nor I shares needles or equipment for drugs, and we don’t have any other sex partners.

If you answered, "YES" to 6, 7 or 8 you're at low risk for all STIs, including HIV/AIDS. If you said, "YES" to 8 you may be at low risk for all STIs, including HIV/AIDS.

9

I’ve had vaginal and/or anal intercourse without a condom.

10

I’ve had oral sex without using a condom or latex barrier.

11

I (or my partner) had/have a sexually transmitted infection such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.

12

I don't know my partner's sexual history.

13

I know my partner has had unprotected sex with other people.

14

I’ve had sex with a man who’s had sex with another man.

15

I don't know if my partner has shared drug needles or equipment

16

I share needles and/or equipment for drug and/or steroid use, tattooing and/or piercing.

17

I had a blood transfusion before 1985 - or - I had sex with someone who had a transfusion before that time.

If you answered, "YES" to 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, or 15, you're at risk for infections like HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and other STIs.

If you said, "YES" to 15, 16, or 17, you may be at risk for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C.

* source: Public Health Agency of Canada

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