Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
If you have any unusual or concerning symptoms, contact a doctor right away.
STI Prevention and Testing
Sexually active college students are at high risk for contracting a STI. The risks for contracting a STI can greatly be reduced by practicing safe sex.
Here are some safe sex tips:
- Know what you might say when your partner asks or does not ask about contraception.
- Discuss you and your partner's sexual history before having sex.
- Use latex or polyurethane condoms. If you or your partner is allergic to latex use polyurethane.
- Natural membrane ("animal skin") condoms are NOT recommended for STI protection.
- Look for the expiration date on the condom package.
- Discuss the risks if condoms are not used.
- Besides condoms you can use dental dams for oral sex, latex barriers, or water-soluble lubricants and plastic wrap.
- Use water-based lubricants.
- Remember STIs like herpes and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact.
- Many of these safer sex supplies are available in the Office of Health Advancement, second floor of Student Health Service.
Get Yourself Tested
Many STIs show no signs or symptoms. However, if you experience the following symptoms or think you need to be tested for and STI, contact Student Health Service at (406) 994-2311 to make an appointment or click here.
- Sores, bumps or blisters near the genitals, rectum or mouth
- Itching around your genitals
- Burning and pain when you urinate or have a bowel movement
- Swelling or redness in your throat
- Swelling in your groin area
- Unusual discharge or drips
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