Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in Sint Maarten

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in Sint Maarten. We believe that everyone deserves access to accurate information and resources to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive well-being.

What is Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)?

Sexual and Reproductive Health encompasses a wide range of issues that are crucial for maintaining physical, emotional, and social well-being throughout one’s life. Here’s a closer look at some key components:

Common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

In Sint Maarten, several sexually transmitted infections are prevalent. Understanding these infections and their potential consequences is crucial for taking proactive steps to protect oneself and others. Here’s an overview of some of the most common STIs:
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Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can affect the genitals, rectum, and throat. It often presents with no symptoms but can lead to complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility if left untreated.


Gonorrhea is another bacterial infection that primarily affects the genitals, rectum, and throat. Symptoms may include painful urination, abnormal discharge, and genital itching. If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to serious complications, including infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease.

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Syphilis is a bacterial infection that progresses in stages, each with its own set of symptoms. Primary syphilis often presents with a painless sore (chancre) at the site of infection, while secondary syphilis may cause a rash, fever, and flu-like symptoms. If left untreated, syphilis can lead to severe health complications, including damage to the heart, brain, and nervous system.

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes

Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and presents with painful blisters or sores on the genitals, anus, or mouth. While there is no cure for herpes, antiviral medications can help manage symptoms and reduce the frequency of outbreaks.

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HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) attacks the immune system, weakening the body’s ability to fight off infections and diseases. It is primarily transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles, or from mother to child during childbirth or breastfeeding. Without treatment, HIV can progress to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), a condition characterized by severe immune system damage.

HPV Human Papillomavirus


HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is a common virus that can cause genital warts and certain types of cancer, including cervical, anal, and throat cancer. While many HPV infections resolve on their own, persistent infections can increase the risk of developing cancer. Vaccination against HPV is available and recommended for both males and females to prevent infection.

Viral Hepatitis

Hepatitis B & C

Viral hepatitis refers to hepatitis B and C, viral infections that primarily affect the liver. Hepatitis B and C are transmitted through contact with infected blood or bodily fluids, such as through unprotected sexual intercourse or sharing needles. Chronic hepatitis B and C can lead to liver cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer if left untreated.



Trichomoniasis is a parasitic infection caused by the protozoan parasite Trichomonas vaginalis. It commonly presents with genital itching, burning, and a frothy vaginal discharge. While trichomoniasis is treatable with antibiotics, it can lead to complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) if left untreated.

Pubic Lice

Pubic Lice (Crabs)

Pubic Lice (Crabs) are parasitic insects that infest the pubic hair and cause itching and irritation. They are typically transmitted through close personal contact, such as sexual intercourse. Pubic lice can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications.

Candida Yeast Infection

Candida (Yeast Infection)

Candida (Yeast Infection) commonly known as a yeast infection, is caused by an overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. It can cause symptoms such as itching, burning, and abnormal vaginal discharge. Yeast infections are typically treated with antifungal medications.

Seeking Help and Support ?

If you suspect you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection or are experiencing symptoms of an STI, it’s essential to seek medical attention promptly. Early detection and treatment can prevent the spread of infection and reduce the risk of complications. In Sint Maarten, visit your house doctor, CPS, and community organizations that offer testing, treatment, counselling, and support services.
Remember, your sexual health is an integral part of your overall well-being. By staying informed, practicing safe sex, and seeking help when needed, you can take control of your sexual and reproductive health in Sint Maarten.
For more information or assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What’s the T on condoms?

Condom use is crucial for preventing both sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies. Here’s why it’s so important:
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How to Use a Condom Correctly:

How to Use a Condom Correctly:
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This webpage has been funded by the Government of the Netherlands via the Sint Maarten Trust Fund. The R4CR (Resources for Community Resilience) program is administered by the World Bank, implemented by VNGI, and overseen by the NRPB.
Remember, using condoms consistently and correctly with every act of sexual intercourse is essential for maximum protection against STIs and unintended pregnancies. Additionally, using condoms in combination with other contraceptive methods, such as birth control pills or long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), can further enhance protection. If you have any questions or concerns about condom use or sexual health, don’t hesitate to consult a healthcare provider, sexual health counsellor or SBBSL telehealth line (Spanish) Mon-Fri (2pm-6pm) for guidance.