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Sexual Health Tips: 5 Ways To Lower The Risk Of Having STDs | KOKO Brides
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    Sexual Health Tips: 5 Ways To Lower The Risk Of Having STDs

    Sexually transmitted infections are infections that are spread by sexual contact. They are very common and easily spread. Some can be treated and cured, while others cannot.

    Anyone who has sexual contact with another person is at risk of getting an STI. Some STIs cause symptoms and others do not. This includes contact through vaginal sex, anal sex, or oral sex. Even if there are no symptoms, your health can be affected.

    Here are ways you can lower the risk of getting infected sexually:

     Abstinence
    The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have sex (i.e., anal, vaginal, or oral).
    Vaccination
    Vaccines are safe, effective, and recommended ways to prevent some of the sexually transmitted infections. They are available to help protect against hepatitis B and HPV. It is not usually recommended for everyone older than 26 years. Some adults, from age 27 through 45 years who are not already vaccinated may decide to get the HPV vaccine after speaking with their doctor about their risk for new HPV infections and the possible benefits of vaccination.

    Reduce the Number of Sex Partners
    Reducing your number of sex partners can decrease your risk for STDs. It is still important that you and your partner get tested, and that you share your test results with one another.
    Maintaining Monogamy Mutually
    Mutual monogamy means that you agree to be sexually active with only one person, who has agreed to be sexually active only with you. Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner is one of the most reliable ways to avoid STDs. But you must both be certain you are not infected with STDs. It is important to have an open and honest conversation with your partner.
    Use Condoms
    Correct and consistent use of the male latex condom is highly effective in reducing STD transmission. Use a condom every time you have anal, vaginal, or oral sex.
    If you have latex allergies, synthetic non-latex condoms can be used. But it is important to note that these condoms have higher breakage rates than latex condoms. Natural membrane condoms are not recommended for STD prevention.

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