What you need to know about STIs

Anyone can get an STI by being sexually active. Not having sex is the only way to protect yourself for sure. Not all STIs have symptoms, so it is a good idea to get tested by a doctor.

If you do have an STI, get treatment right away to prevent harmful long-term effects. By getting treatment, you may also prevent giving the STI to others.

To learn more about STIs, talk to your doctor or call the National STI Hotline at 1-800-227-8922 (English) or 1-800-344-7432 (Spanish).

If you live in New York City, you can obtain free and confidential STI services by calling the Department of Health at 212-427-5120.

Confidential STI services are available at DOHMH facilities for non-enrolled sexual and needle-sharing partners at no charge.

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