Sexual Disease Prevention

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The most reliable ways to avoid becoming infected with or transmitting STDs are:


-- Abstain from sexual intercourse (i.e., oral, vaginal, or anal sex).

-- Be in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner

Latex male condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis.

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Sexual Disease Prevention

  1. 1. http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=619Fitango EducationHealth TopicsSexual Disease Prevention
  2. 2. 1OverviewThe most reliable ways to avoid becoming infectedwith or transmitting STDs are:-- Abstain from sexual intercourse (i.e., oral,vaginal, or anal sex).-- Be in a long-term, mutually monogamousrelationship with an uninfected partner
  3. 3. 2OverviewLatex male condoms, when used consistently andcorrectly, can reduce the risk of transmission ofchlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis.
  4. 4. 3Reducing Your RiskAll partners should get tested for HIV and otherSTDs before initiating sexual intercourse. However,if you decide to be sexually active with a partnerwhose infection status is unknown or who isinfected with HIV or another STD, you can reduceyour risk of contracting an STD:
  5. 5. 4Reducing Your RiskAsk a new sex partner if he or she has an STD, hasbeen exposed to one, or has any unexplainedphysical symptoms. Do not have unprotected sex ifyour partner has signs or symptoms of STDs, suchas sores, rashes, or discharge from the genitalarea. Many common STDs have no symptoms butcan still be transmitted to a sexual partner. If yourpartner has had sexual relations with someoneelse recently, he or she may have an STD, even ifthere are no symptoms.
  6. 6. 5Reducing Your RiskUse a new condom for each act of insertiveintercourse. Correct and consistent use of latexcondoms and other barriers can reduce the risk oftransmission only when the infected area or site ofpotential exposure is protected.
  7. 7. 6Reducing Your RiskGet regular checkups for STDs (even if you show nosymptoms), and be familiar with the commonsymptoms. Most STDs are readily treated, and theearlier treatment is sought and sex partners arenotified, the less likely the disease will doirreparable damage.

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