STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are spread by sexual contact and can affect anyone. The truth of the matter is that if you’re sexually active, you can get an STI – which is why it’s so important to know how to protect yourself. Read and share the tips below – and if you’re sexually active, put them into practice to make sex safer. Safer is always better.
Many people get STIs. In the U.S., there are about 20 million new cases each year.
1. Get vaccinated.Two common STIs can be prevented by vaccination: human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B.
2. Have fewer sex partners.When you have fewer sex partners, you are less likely to be exposed to STIs; it doesn’t have to mean you have less sex.
3. Talk about it.Talking can make sex better, and it’s a great way to be sure your partner wants to have sex (consents). While you’re at it, talk about your sexual histories, STIs and protection.
4. Get tested.People who have an STI often don’t know it. Both you and your partner should get tested and share the results with each other.
Many STIs cause no obvious symptoms, which is why getting tested is so important.