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Modes of transmission, symptoms and screening for STBBIs

Sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), formerly known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are transmitted through sexual contact (vaginal, oral or anal) with an infected person or through contaminated blood (needle sharing).

Most STBBIs are contracted during the exchange of body fluids, although some may be contracted through skin-to-skin contact. Without even knowing that you are infected and without showing symptoms, you can transmit an STBBI to others. Untreated STBBIs can have serious consequences.

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In Quebec, STBBIs account for 75% of mandatory reportable infections (MADO).