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Employees of Envirokonsult and Waterkonsult were made aware of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) in the Workplace and how this may be avoided through a seminar conducted by the QC Health Department on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

The QC Health Department explained through a video presentation that STIs are predominantly passed through unprotected sexual contact with a person infected; but can also be transmitted through blood transfusion, mother to child during pregnancy and childbirth, and sharing a needle used by a person with STI.

There are four types of STIs including 1) Bacterial STI such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis; 2) Fungal STI such as candidiasis; 3) Parasitic STI such as pubic lice and scabies; 4) Viral STI such as herpes and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The QC Health Department identified five common signs and symptoms of STIs, namely:

  1. Painful urination
  2. Severe itching near the genital area
  3. Pain during sexual intercourse
  4. Presence of yellowish discharge from the genitals
  5. Abdominal Pain

To avoid contracting STIs, Envirokonsult and Waterkonsult employees were told to remember the “ABCDE” in STI protection:

A – Abstinence from casual sex

B – Be faithful to a mutual partner

C – Correct and consistent use of condoms (when in doubt)

D – Do not use illegal drugs

E – Education and early detection