10 Practical Ways to Avoid STDs

March 20, 2024by Wilmington 1st

10 specific and practical ways to avoid contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs):

1. Use Condoms Consistently and Correctly:

Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are highly effective in preventing the transmission of most STDs, including HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Make sure to use condoms from start to finish during vaginal, anal, and oral sex.

2. Limit Sexual Partners:

Having fewer sexual partners can reduce your risk of exposure to STDs. Monogamous relationships with a partner who has been tested and is uninfected can also lower your risk.

3. Communicate with Partners:

Have open and honest conversations with your sexual partners about STDs, sexual health, and testing. Discuss each other’s sexual histories, previous STD testing, and the use of protection before engaging in sexual activity.

4. Get Tested Regularly:

Regular STD testing is crucial for sexually active individuals, especially those with multiple partners or engaging in high-risk behaviors. Testing allows for early detection and treatment of STDs, preventing complications and further transmission.

5. Avoid High-Risk Behaviors:

Refrain from engaging in high-risk sexual behaviors, such as unprotected sex, having sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and sharing needles or injection equipment. These behaviors increase the risk of contracting STDs.

6. Consider Vaccination:

Vaccines are available for certain STDs, such as human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B. Check with your healthcare provider to see if vaccination is recommended for you based on your age, sexual activity, and medical history.

7. Practice Safer Oral and Anal Sex:

Use barriers such as dental dams or condoms for oral sex, and condoms for anal sex, to reduce the risk of STD transmission.

8. Stay Informed:

Educate yourself about STDs, their symptoms, and how they are transmitted. Knowing the risks can help you make informed decisions about your sexual health.

9. Seek Help if Needed:

If you have concerns about your sexual health or are unsure about your risk of STDs, seek guidance from a healthcare provider like Wilmington 1st Walk-In or a sexual health clinic. They can provide information, testing, and resources to help you stay healthy and safe.

10. Take Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP):

If you are at high risk of contracting HIV, talk to your healthcare provider about PrEP, a daily medication that can significantly reduce your risk of HIV infection when taken as prescribed.


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