STD/STI Prevention 101
If you're having sex, there isn't "safe sex" -- but there is "safER sex."
The only true type of "safe sex" is no sex. The only way to completely
eliminate your risk of getting an STD/STI is to avoid any sexual contact
that involves the potential for body fluid transmission or skin-to-skin
If you are even a little bit in the dark, go to
STD/STI Basics to get a clear understanding of this risk safely under your belt, where you
can use it when you need it.
How to have safer sex.
So ok, we really like this video, but it's called "How to Have SAFE Sex" and as we just told you that's not really possible. The video is actually all about having Safer Sex. Other than the title, it's full of accurate information about what you can do to protect yourself and others -- presented in a fun way. Check it out.
How to have safer sex in a nutshell, or where ever.
If you choose to have sex, you can reduce your risk of getting or giving an STD/STI by practicing these three ground rules for "safer sex:"
- Consistently use latex barrier methods like condoms or other barriers for oral, vaginal or anal sex (including use of sex toys).
- Go for mutual sexual monogamy -- have sex only with a partner
who only has sex with you (a mutually exclusive partner) and only after
you've both been tested.
- Get regular STD/STI testing for both you and your partner.
Each of these ground rules for safer sex still leave you with varying levels of risk -- but without them your risk is much higher. Just how risky is it? 50% of people having sex will have one of these sexual aftershocks by the time they are 25 years old! Find out more about sexually transmitted aftershocks.
Let's leave the "in a nutshell" level and go deeper -- move on to learn more about each ground rule for safer sex....