Self-Help: Preventing STIs

There are several safe sex measures that you can follow to reduce the risk of acquiring an STI:

  • Avoid sex with multiple partners.

  • In a new sexual relationship, you or your partner should use a condom.

  • If you use lubricants, use water-based types; oil-based lubricants damage the rubber in condoms.

  • Avoid sexual activity that may split a condom or sex that causes breaks in the skin or the tissues of the vagina or anus.

If you suspect that you or your partner has an STI, you should both consult an STI clinic or a doctor. Complete your course of treatment and avoid sexual contact until your doctor confirms that you are free of infection (see Sex and health).

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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