Sexually transmitted diseases are spread commonly by having sexual intercourse through vaginal, anal, or oral. Many times, STDs do not manifest symptoms, so it is not safe to assume that your sexual partner is totally free from infection.
Protecting oneself from STI
Here are some ways to protect yourself from acquiring STDs:
- Abstinence – This is a hundred percent sure shot to protect yourself from STD. This may be a good choice but not many find it realistic. Withdrawing sexual intercourse does not mean you can’t have an intimate relationship with your partner. You can show your physical affection through other forms by kissing or hugging.
- Monogamy – The safest sexual activity is to perform it with only one partner, provided that your partner also remains monogamous. Get you and your partner tested for STD before engaging into sexual acts. This will provide you and your partner the sense of assurance and relief that neither of you is infected and can enjoy a healthy sex life without fear of being infected.
- Practice Safe Sex – Be always prepared. Practicing safe sex minimizes the risks for acquiring sexually transmitted infections. When put into an unexpected or spontaneous situation, keep in mind that you can only perform sex with the use of tools like condoms. You might think that it is only one time however, it may have a serious long-term effect to your health in the end.
- Consider having very few sex partners – Having few sex partners reduces your risk of acquiring STD. Be sure to know your sex partner’s history by considering how many sexual partners he or she has had. The more sex partners they have had, the higher the risk of having STD.
- Get tested on a regular basis – If you have had multiple sex partners, it is important to get yourself tested for the possibility of STD. If you are sexually active, HIV screening test is very important to be done several times a year.
Protection is better than cure. It is better to be safe than to suffer the serious long-term effects of these infectious diseases.
What to do if you suspect you have STD?
If you are sexually active and you suspect that you have an STD, it is best to consult your nurse or physician as soon as possible. Over the counter medications are also available to treat STDs (for more information about effective OTC medication, you can visit https://www.ukmeds.co.uk/treatments/sexual-health/valtrex/).