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Ways to Prevent STDs

According to a study in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, more than 110 million people in the United States alone have sexually transmitted diseases, and 20 million more people get new infections every year. Not only are the physical and personal effects of these STDs astronomical–the lifetime cost of treating 20 million additional STDs per year is $16 billion! There are easy ways to prevent STDs, which makes these facts even harder to swallow.

Imagine the medical and monetary benefits if we focused on ways to prevent STDs. With the right education, people can understand how to change their sexual behaviors and prevent STDs. Read to learn more about how to protect yourself and your sexual partner(s) and prevent STDs.

Prevent STDs by…

Always wearing a condom or dental dam.

Ways to Prevent STDs | TEST SMARTLY LABSCondoms act as barriers to stop blood, semen, or vaginal fluids from passing between people during sex and thus prevent STDs. If your partner is infected with HIV, bodily fluids like these contain the virus, and if you are having unprotected sex, the HIV can spread to you.

Although even a condom does not prevent STDs 100%, risks are greatly reduced if you use the condom properly. Use the FDA’s condom shopping guide to pick the right protection for you, then be sure to store your condoms correctly, use a new condom every time you have sex, and follow the instructions for proper condom use. Get educated on condom use and prevent STDs!

You can also prevent STDs by properly wearing a dental dam when having oral sex with your partner. They work similarly, preventing the spread of fluids from genitals to oral cavities.

Getting yourself & your partner(s) tested.

Before you commit to having sex with someone–no matter how long you’ve known them or how much you trust them–it’s a good idea to go and get tested together and prevent STDs. You or your partner could unknowingly have an STD from a past sexual encounter. For this method to work effectively you must be willing to have an open discussion about your sexual histories. If you are both committed to staying open and healthy, it will be easier to prevent STDs. Check out the ARCPoint lab near you to get a private, low-cost STD test for you and your partner.

Getting treated or vaccinated.

Vaccination is another way to prevent STDs from spreading, though not all sexually transmitted diseases can be prevented using this method. Hepatitis B and HPV are some of the STDs that can be prevented by the use of vaccine. Most infants are vaccinated for Hepatitis B at birth, while HPV vaccination is recommended for males and females ages 11 to 26. Getting vaccinated will help prevent STDs.

If you or your partner exhibits any signs of sexually transmitted diseases such as sores in around the genitals or pain while passing urine, be sure seek medical attentions and adhere to the treatment prescribed by a doctor. Getting treated will lessen your chances of re-infection, stop the spread, and prevent STDs.

Prevent STDs today

Abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent STDs–but if you follow the above tips for safe sexual interactions, you will still be able to enjoy intercourse with your partner and prevent STDs.

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  1. Comment by Larry Davis on October 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Getting a vaccine now in order to prevent the possibility of an STD in the future is much easier and better than waiting until being diagnosed with HPV or other STDs.

  2. Comment by Phil Meyer on October 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    This is such an important topic and I’m glad that we are getting the information around to schools and the general public even more, now. I hope that we can eventually almost completely eradicate STDs, but it will take the responsible work of all of the people who are infected and those who haven’t been checked should seek to do so. Great awareness post!

  3. Comment by Mary Brady on October 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    STD awareness is so critical to improving the health of the general public! I’m glad that colleges are starting to put together bigger campaigns designed to keep campuses from having high STD rates. I’ll keep spreading the word around for STD Awareness!

  4. Comment by Annette Titler on October 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    It’s so scary to think of all of the people who have gone out and had intercourse with someone, but they didn’t disclose the STD with their partner! SCARY! I hope that we can get an increase in awareness with websites like this!

  5. Comment by Gerry Weir on October 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    All the things you learned in highschool are still true today. Get your self and partner tested and prevent it. Better safe than sorry.

  6. Comment by Marvin Somlo on October 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    You can never be sure until you’ve been tested. Great information.

  7. Comment by Danny Azzo on October 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Safe sex ensures the health of yourself and your partner. It’s difficult sometimes in the heat of the moment to remember this, but it’s very important to take that step and be protective.

  8. Comment by Stuart Jones on October 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    20 million people a year is a pretty big number. They need to have everyone work together to get this number down.

  9. Comment by Amy Ray on October 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Never underestimate STD’s and their harmful ways. It’s great to see education still pushing awareness trying to curb the 20 million effected every year.

  10. Comment by Jim Pierce on October 22, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Prevention and awareness go hand in hand. Just remember that you can never be too safe.

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