STD’s and Other Nasties – Being Safe

December 16th, 2010

There are hundreds of diseases that are transmitted through sexual activity. It can put a damper on any fun when you stop to think about it. However, it’s necessary that you understand how serious this can be, and what you can do to prevent it.

Always Use Condoms

Condoms should always be used, even in the beginning of a monogamous relationship. Until you know for certain that you can trust your partner not to stray, and you have doctors proof that you are both clean, you should never take the chance. Condoms are more than 99% effective when used properly. Using them properly is also key. Take some time to learn how to actually put them on, and find the right size. Condoms should also be used for any oral sex as well, since there are several STDs that can be contracted through oral sex.

Cross Contamination

Another way to get a nasty infection is to go from anal to vaginal, or anal or to oral sex. Never use any toy in your vagina that has been used for anal purposes. If you aren’t working with toys, be sure to change the condom before switching activities. It’s also important that you use other forms of protection as well. Dental dams are great for oral and anal/oral sex as they prevent the transmission of disease. If this is daunting, find flavored dams. It will take some time to get used to, but it can save you from an embarrassing doctors visit later.

Implications

Some STDs are just a nuisance, while others will change, and possibly shorten your life. Herpes will stay with you forever, and explaining this to future partners is embarrassing, and will likely end up with you getting fewer dates. AIDS is treatable, but not curable. You can be charged with assault or attempted murder in some states if you have this and knowingly spread it.

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