Sexual experiences should be enjoyable, which is why it is important to understand how to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STI's). STI's can range from temporary infections that resolve themselves without medical intervention to life-threatening. Un-treated STI's can cause serious damage to the reproductive systems for men and women affecting urinary function and fertility. STI's can be spread by skin to skin contact like kissing or touching while others require the exchange of fluids. Primarily bacterial and viral infections, STI's are some of the most common reported diseases in the United States and many are curable or treatable. To properly assess your risk for STI's and to access appropriate testing it is best to talk with your healthcare provider.