Reduce your risks of contacting STDs

It is just fine if a person made a choice of not having sex because that is the only way which is regarded to be very safe when it comes to the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and contacting STDs. The fact is; you should not allow yourself to be scared off from sex with the possibilities or risks of contacting STDs. One is expected to apply his or her common sense in order to stay safe though some common STDs are harder to catch compared to others. It does not matter which kind of relationship you are in, whether monogamous relationship or if you are dating around, there are several steps which you should follow in order to keep yourself safe and healthy as you continue with your normal life.

Discuss risks of contacting STDs with your Partner

There is no any government that provides restrictions on how to talk to your partner concerning sexual matters and STIs though it may be awkward to talk about being infected by gonorrhea and other common STDs that may cause discomfort to the host.

“Millennials are more accustomed to using condoms and having the ‘STI conversation’ before jumping into bed,” says Sherry Ross, M.D., a gynecologist and women's health expert based in Santa Monica.

Ensure that you are safe

As stated before, abstinence is the only way one can use and be sure not to contact STIs or reduce your risks of contacting STDs, though there are other options available.

"Every day, I counsel women of all ages on the importance of safe-sex practices, the conversation always includes how condoms can help prevent the most common STIs—though it is not a guarantee,” said Rose.

It is a fact that condoms should not b regarded as ironclad as far as safe sex is concerned, especially if one has been using the lambskin type of condom which is meant to protect you from getting pregnant. By using Polyurethane and latex condoms, your chances of being safe are very high though they are not perfect.

When condoms are used properly, you may be safe from contacting STIs such as tich, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV among others. But you may not be able to prevent some diseases such as Herpes and HPV which are transferred from the infected person to a healthy person through skin contact and are also able to penetrate the latex barrier of condoms.

Get Tested

Most people normally find it embarrassing to request for a test from their doctors. But you should trust your doctors seen they have seen everything

It is very easy to test for some common STDs such as gonorrhea, Trich, Chlamydia among others as the only requirement is urine sample or a swab of genital area. A blood test may be carried out for herpes, syphilis and HIV. Other STIs with symptoms can be diagnosed on the spot. Therefore be sure of your status by getting tested.