The most important thing you can do for your sexual health is to practice safer sex with a condom or dental dam every time you are sexually active. Safer sex not only protects against unplanned pregnancy, it is essential for reducing your risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
If you don’t protect yourself from STIs, you are putting your health at risk, as well as the health of your partner. Many STIs can be cured and others can be controlled. Some infections, such as HIV, have a lifelong impact on your health and can cause many significant or possibly life threatening illnesses.
You cannot tell just by looking at someone or talking to someone that he or she is infected. The only way to be sure is to be tested. If you are sexually active and having intercourse or starting a sexual relationship with someone new, you and your partner should both be tested before and after you being your sexual relationship.
Last modified on: June 16, 2014