However, the concept of “safer sex” is that a person can practice certain behaviors in order to help reduce the risk of contracting an STD/STI.
Here are 10 tips that may help reduce your risk…
Using condoms will help reduce your risk of contracting (or passing on) an STD. Keep in mind that condoms are less effective in preventing diseases such as herpes and HPV, but they do reduce the risk of transmission.
2. Realize that you can contract an STD/STI from any type of sex.
Yes, we all know that you can get an STD from vaginal sex. However, you can also contract STD from anal sex, oral sex and by having genital-to-genital contact without penetration
3. Use your condom sense.
You shouldn’t be embarrassed if you don’t know everything about condoms…including how to put them on. Practice!
4. Talk to your partner.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your partner about his/her and your sexual health. Talk!
5. Don’t fall into the “he/she looks clean” trap.
Keep in mind that anybody can contract an STD, so judging your partners on their looks, background, wealth or group of friends will not tell you whether or not they have an STD.
6. Limit your number of partners.
Research indicates that your risk of contracting an STD increases if you have a higher number of partners. Make sure to reduce your risk for STD transmission by using condoms!
7. Get tested.
You may not know that you contracted an STD unless you actually get tested.
8. Be careful when mixing sex with alcohol and other substances.
Using alcohol and other substances can lower your inhibitions, because you may make decisions you aren’t comfortable with and some may even cause you to black out.
9. Birth control is just that- birth control.
The only thing that can reduce your risk for BOTH pregnancy and contracting STD’s is the condom.
10. Respect yourself and your partners.
It is up to you to decide if and how you want to have sex. Make sure to examine your own sexual beliefs, values and priorities without letting others influence them.