Shigella - Play it safe

Many germs spread easily from any contact with feces. These germs include Shigella, Salmonella, E. coli, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium. They cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and sometimes fever. Illness caused by these germs can be serious, especially if you have HIV.

It is easy to unintentionally spread germs during oral or anal sex, including use of toys. You can prevent diarrheal illness:

  • Wash your hands, penis, butt, and sex toys with soap and water before and after sex.
  • If you don’t have soap and water, use wipes or hand sanitizer on your hands and toys.
  • Avoid sex if you or your partner have diarrhea or have had it in the last two weeks.
  • See your health care provider if you have diarrhea.
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