Practice Safer Sex

It is easier and safer to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) compared to treating them. Practicing simple measures to reduce contracting or spreading STIs will benefit you and your loved ones in a big way. The following are simple ways for safer sex.

Abstain from Sex

For obvious reasons, the best way to prevent contacting STIs is by abstinence.  If you do not have sex, you reduce your risk of contracting STIs and HIV by over 98%. Abstinence means no vaginal, anal, or oral sex. If you do decide to have intercourse, you should practice safer sex.

Submit For Testing

Protect yourself from possibly contracting sexually transmitted infections by demanding that your partner get tested. And you should extend the favour to your partner by getting yourself tested as well. As much as possible, avoid having intercourse with anyone – whether vaginal, anal, or oral – if you or the person himself is not sure of his/her STI or HIV status.

Use Condoms

Using condoms correctly and religiously every time you have sex greatly reduces your risk from getting STIs and HIV. And whether you are using body parts, toys, or vegetables, a condom must be used before you insert anything to an orifice. If you are allergic to latex, use polyurethane condoms. Be aware that lambskin condoms do not offer any protection against HIV. If your male partner does not like to use a condom, use a female condom instead. However, avoid using a male and a female condom at the same time as the materials do not work well together. Friction during intercourse can cause the materials to tear.

Practice Monogamy

Polygamous sex is one of the highest bidders for the spread of sexually transmitted infections and HIV. Being in an exclusive sexual relationship with a partner who is also faithful to you reduces your risk for contracting infections.

Discuss Safer Sex Practices with your Partner

Discuss with your partner how you can best protect yourself against STIs and HIV. You have to come up with safer sex practices that are agreeable to both of you. However, be careful not to compromise your personal safety. Remember that your body is your own responsibility.

Limit Number of Sexual Partners

Your risk for contracting STIs and HIV goes up with the number of partners you have. Long-term faithful relationships are preferable to short-term ones or casual hook ups.

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