Sexually-transmitted diseases are so widespread nowadays that it seems so hard to protect yourself against them. How would you know if your sex partner has an STD? Will you really be safe if you use condoms? What should you do to find out right away if you have been infected?
Sexually-active males and females are the most likely to contract STDs. But, if you employ some basic strategies on STD prevention, you can lower your risk and remain STD-free for the rest of your life. Here are some tips that you might want to do:
- Be in a mutually monogamous sexual relationship. Having more than one sex partner increases the chances of STD transmission, so find someone who is comfortable with that setup.
- Use condoms every single time you have sex. Latex condoms are made from material that prevents the transmission of viruses and bacteria that bring STDs.
- Get STD tested on a regular basis. The ideal frequency is once per six months, but you should get one every time you have a new sex partner.
- Do not use drugs, especially intravenously. Sharing of used paraphernalia such as syringes and needles is a common STD transmission method, so do not participate in this type of activity to ensure that you remain STD-free.
You and your partner should get tested for STDs on a regular basis to keep yourselves updated on your health. You can visit a medical facility to get tested or you can purchase rapid STD test kits to conduct the test at home, on your own. The sooner you do this, the faster you can get treatment if you get a positive test result.