A parasite is an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant). They obtain nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host.
Parasitic infections that can be passed sexually can also be passed on in other ways e.g. sharing towels and bedding, but getting close and intimate with someone who has one of these infections is an ideal way for a parasite to move from one person to another.
Parasitic infections that can be sexually transmitted include:
Although getting any of these parasites from sexual contact with an infected person can be very distressing, these infections can easily be treated with lotions or tablets that can be bought over the counter at chemists or on prescription from your doctor or from Sexual Health Sheffield.