Like HIV, STIs such as Gonorrhoea and Syphilis are on the rise in New Zealand. Most STIs are passed on during Unprotected vaginal, anal or Oral sex. Compared to HIV, STIs are much easier to get because they are far more prevalent among both gay and bisexual men as well as heterosexual communities.
IMPORTANT: Not everyone has Symptoms if they have an STI
When used properly, Condoms and Lube not only stop HIV but also help prevent the Transmission of STIs like Chlamydia and gonorrhea. Additionally, Condoms and Lube significantly reduce the risk of transmitting other STIs like Genital Warts, herpes and Syphilis. Get some free Condoms
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Syphilis and HIV: A nasty combo
For people living with HIV, syphilis progresses faster and does more harm. Recent research shows that syphilis lowers your CD4 cell count and increases viral load. If you have HIV and are sexually active, testing for syphilis is extremely important.
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