Being sexually active is a huge responsibility. Not only do you have to take a proactive stance on protecting your own well-being, but you also have to make a concerted effort to protect the health of your partners. This means strategically minimizing your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted illness by avoiding high-risk behaviors, using protection, and regularly being tested. Following are six, quick and easy tips for keeping your body STD-free.
Know What High-Risk Behaviors Are And Avoid Them
Several forms of sexual behavior are considered to be high risk. Unfortunately, when it comes to determining which activities are high-risk and which are not, some actions are more easily classified than others.
Among some of the more obvious, high-risk choices are the decision to regularly have unprotected sex, sleeping with multiple partners, readily bedding unknown parties, and failing to use protection when engaging in oral sex, and not getting tested. There are at home STD test kits, so people can get tested at their own home.
Sexually transmitted infections can just as easily be passed from person to person via mouth to genital interactions as they can from genital to genital contact. Having unprotected anal sex, however, ranks among the highest risk behaviors that people can engage. In this is because the less elastic composition of the anus makes it more predisposed to developing rips and tears during intercourse. These risks are essentially vulnerable openings that can let fluid-borne viruses and bacteria in.