April is National Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness month. Millions of people suffer from sexually transmitted diseases, and it is estimated that 19 million new infections occur each year. However, many people still don’t have access to the information and education they need to protect themselves and their partners.
Here are some important facts that can help you to celebrate STD Awareness all year long:
- There is no such thing as safe sex. There is no sex which comes without risk. Every sexual encounter (whether it is intercourse, oral sex, or anal sex) comes with a degree of risk. The only way to be 100% protected from STDs is by practicing abstinence. If you don’t want to practice abstinence, you can practice safer sex by using condoms and dental dams every time you engage in intercourse and oral sex.
- STDs are not always visible to the naked eye. You can’t look at someone and tell if they have an STD or not. Relying on your gut instinct can also backfire. The only way to protect yourself when having sex with a new partner is by getting tested together and sharing your STD history. It might not feel romantic to insist on condoms, but dealing with an STD will put a true damper on your sex life.
- Get tested. Nothing is more important than being aware of your sexual health status and undergoing regular STD testing. That means getting tested whenever you have a new partner or whenever you suspect that you might have been put at risk of contracting an STD. Ask your partner to do the same. Visit www.SexualHealth.com to receive free, simple and 100% confidential STD testing.
- Limit your number of sexual partners. You can freely explore your sexuality and enjoy your sexual desires, but be aware that you practice good self-care while you do so. That means making smart decisions for your health and for your well-being. Don’t take risks with your sexual health or engage in dangerous sexual behaviors that could comprise your health down the road.
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