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STI and non-STI causes of genital sores

There are a few STIs which can cause a sore on your vagina, penis or anus.

Check out the articles below to learn more about the STIs that can cause genital sores and how they’re tested for and treated.

Are all sores on genitals caused by STIs?  

Some conditions which are not STIs can cause sores on the genitals. These can include infected hair follicles (e.g. after shaving), some cancers or injury to the area and very rarely TB or other bacterial infections which are not sexually transmitted.

Please go to your clinic if you have a sore, to have it examined by a healthcare provider. Use the service finder to find your nearest clinic here.

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