While it’s a beautiful thing, the idea of sex may be daunting for both new and seasoned individuals alike. There are many reasons for this, and perhaps the biggest fear associated with engaging in sexual activity, is the risk of STD transmission. STDs, or Sexually Transmitted Diseases, are a group of bacterial and viral infections that are spread via sexual contact. Abstaining from sex is currently the best method of STD prevention, but if you’re like millions of others worldwide, this may not be the best method for you. Luckily, there are other simple ways you can practice STD awareness and prevention, while being sexually active.
1. Do Your Research
Thanks to the internet, there are tons of resources available that are specially tailored to educate you on STDs and STD prevention. It is important that you inform yourself of the diverse types of STDs, their symptoms, what they look like, and how they affect your body in the long run. Organizations such as Planned Parenthood provide simple and detailed articles on safe sex, STD prevention, and STD facts. Thankfully, you can access all this information from the comfort of your own home! If you’re not too confident in your research skills, you can always ask your doctor, or any healthcare professional for information regarding sex and Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
2. Know your Partner(s)
Aside from abstinence, being in a long-term monogamous relationship with a healthy partner is another fantastic way to practice STD awareness and prevention. In a monogamous sexual relationship, both partners agree to have sex with each other, and no one else. Remember, as the number of your sexual partners increases, your risk of acquiring an STD also increases. It is extremely important to always know your STD status and your partner’s STD status, whether you’re in a relationship with one partner, or multiple partners. According to the CDC, another practice that helps to lower your risk of infection is making sure you regularly use condoms during sex (especially if you have multiple partners).
3. Get Regular STD Checks!
Perhaps the most important STD awareness and prevention practice, for those who are sexually active, is getting regular checks for STDs. When it comes to sexually transmitted diseases, the saying ‘the earlier the better’ cannot be stressed enough. The earlier a disease or infection is caught, the better your treatment options and long-term health will be. Not only does it help lower the spread of STDs, knowing your status also provides you with a certain peace of mind. Urging your partner to also get regularly tested for STDs is an important piece of the prevention puzzle. Getting tested one time is simply not enough, as some STDs may not show up on tests for months. There are many options available today for testing; you may opt to visit your doctor, or explore other avenues. Sites such as www.stdaware.com provide a quick and confidential testing process for those who are interested in getting checked.
Sex does not have to be a scary thing. Whether you’re already having sex, or considering taking the leap, you can enjoy a healthy and safe sex life by just practicing these 3 STD awareness and prevention tips.