The statistics for the number of reported STDs are overwhelming. Being aware of your sexual health is important to protect yourself against other health issues that emerge from STDs.
How do you protect yourself against STDs
- The number one way to protect you from STDs is to abstain from sexual contact. There are a number of couples that are in romantic relationships, however choose to abstain from sexual contact. They have many reasons for doing this, and no matter what the reason, it is the best way to protect you against STDs.
- Another way to avoid STDs is to get to know your partner. Talk about STDs. Communicate your sexual history , if you have been tested, and how long ago. The risk of STDs is much less for those that talk openly about their sexual health and history, and get tested on a regular basis.
- Developing monogamous relationships, and both partners being tested before any sexual contact, may also help protect you against STDs. Those with multiple partners run a higher risk of being infected.
- Using a condom or dental dam for all sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal) may also help protect you against STDs.
Being aware of your sexual health is key. STDs can cause other health issues, so make sure you are aware of how STDs work and their symptoms. Also remember there are STDs that show symptoms at all, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, so if you have multiple partners or have unprotected sex, get tested on a regular basis. Protect yourself and your partner.