Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention Guide
What you have here is a sexually transmitted disease prevention guide. It is important to learn about how to prevent contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Some STDs can stay with you for the rest of your life, some can even end your life. It is good to educate yourself on the subject of preventing STDs. Read on to learn all about how to prevent contracting/spreading sexually transmitted diseases.
- Know your sexual partners. Knowing your partners’ background is one of the easiest ways to prevent getting a sexually transmitted disease. If you want reassurance, or your partner is simply unsure of whether or not he or she has an STD, have your partner get tested. If you feel that your partner is lying or they refuse to get tested, do not engage in sexual relations with that person.
- Use protection every single time. Every time you have sex, wear a condom. They are cheap and one of the safest, most easy ways to reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. It’s true, condoms do not prevent STDs 100% of the time, but when using a condom properly, STD transmission can be prevented in almost all cases. Check the condom before putting it on to make sure there are no tears or holes in it. You should always wear a proper-fitting condom.
- Get tested on a regular basis. You should get tested regularly to prevent spreading an STD to your partners. Getting tested regularly is also for your own well-being. Before engaging in sexual relations with a new partner, after you end a sexual relationship with a partner, and any time you have sexual relations with a partner who has engaged in sexual relations with others while sleeping with you, get tested. It’s true, testing for STDs cannot prevent you from getting infected once you already are, but knowing that you are infected can prevent the spread of STDs to others by you. If you test positive for any STDs, make sure you notify any sexual partners you have had in the past/present and any new partners you have before you engage in sexual relations with them. You should encourage your sexual partners to get tested regularly as well.
- Stay monogamous. If you not promiscuous and only have sex with one other person, there is no opportunity for a new STD to be contracted. Both you and your partner should get tested to make sure you are STD-free before you begin having sex. Talk to your partner about staying faithful as well. Trust is very important in a monogamous relationship.
- Learn about STDs. Educate yourself and your partners about the different types of STDs and how they are spread/contracted. Educating yourself and others on the subject can greatly help you to not contract a sexually transmitted disease.