STBBI stands for “sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections.”

These infections were formerly called STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), however, their name has changed because the term infection is more accurate in defining them, in the sense that an infection, unlike a disease, may not have symptoms.

If you have no symptoms, you are said to be asymptomatic. This condition is common with a number of STBBIs.

As a result, many STBBIs may be transmitted without symptoms, and the infected person does not know they are infected. Learn more...

The most common sexually transmitted infections are herpes, chlamydia and HPV (condylomas).

Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis — which had nearly disappeared not long ago — are now on the rise in several regions of Quebec.

Other common infections, not all of which are sexually transmitted, include: