Parasitic STIs

Parasites are organisms that live off or in other organisms. Human parasites are often harmful to the body and can cause diseases.

How it is spread:

Through unprotected oral, anal, or vaginal sex.

Symptoms:
  • Unusual discharge from vagina or penis
  • Itchiness
  • Burning sensation when peeing
  • Painful sex (females)

OR

No symptoms

Test:

Swab

Treatment:

Can cure with medication

Risks if no treatment:
  • Chronic pain
  • Infertility (no babies)
  • Increases your risk to get other STIs if exposed to them
Prevention:
  • Use a condom and/or dental dam every time you have oral, anal, or vaginal sex.
  • Get tested at your local health centre.
How it is spread:

Close contact with infected person. 

Symptoms:
  • Itchy skin
Test:

Visual test or swab

Treatment:

Can cure with special lotion.

Wash other infected items (clothes, bedding, towels) in hot water, or keep in sealed bag for 1 week.

Risks if no treatment:
  • Constant scratching can cause infections 
Prevention:

Do not share unwashed towels and clothing.

How it is spread:

Close contact with an infected person. 

Symptoms:
  • Itchy and red skin
  • Tiny oval-shaped eggs in pubic hair
  • Tiny black dots on underwear (lice poop)
Test:

Visual test

Treatment:

Can cure with special shampoo.

Use a fine comb to scrape eggs out of hair.

Wash other infected items (clothes, bedding, towels) in hot water, or keep in sealed bag for one week.

Risks if no treatment:
  • Constant scratching can cause infections.
Prevention:

Do not share unwashed towels and clothing