How can I avoid getting an STD?

Answer

The best way to avoid getting an STD is by abstaining from (not having) sex. This includes oral, vaginal, and anal sex. Some STDs, like herpes and HPV, cannot always be prevented with condoms, so not having sex protects you from this risk.

If you are a teenager, delaying having sex until your twenties can reduce your risk of getting an STD. The younger you are when you start having sex, the more likely you are to get an STD. Also, the more sexual partners you have in a lifetime, the greater your risk.

If you are sexually active, take precautions with your sexual partner(s). This means talking honestly about your sexual experiences in the past and your faithfulness in the present, and going to a clinic (separately or together) to make sure neither of you have an STD, even if you have no symptoms. Staying faithful to one another once you know you are both uninfected is the second best way to avoid getting an STD.

If abstinence or being faithful to one uninfected partner is not possible for you, consider using a condom every time you have sex. While condoms are not 100% effective in preventing the transmission of STDs, they help reduce your risk of getting almost all STDs. Especially when having sex with a new partner, have regular check-ups to screen for STDs. Additional ways to reduce your risk include avoiding sex during a woman�s menstrual period, avoiding douching (for women), avoiding anal sex without a condom, and learning to recognize symptoms early.

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