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STD Information & Prevention

Any sexually active person, regardless of sexual preference, can be at risk to contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD). The risk increases with multiple partners. With any STD, present, and sometimes recent, partner(s) should be seen by physician and treated. If ever you suspect, the possibility of an STD, please see your health care provider as soon as possible. Investigation of possible symptoms shows acceptance of responsibility to yourself and your relationship.

Prevention:
  1. The most effective way to prevent the sexual transmission of STDs is to avoid sexual intercourse with an affected partner.
    1. Both partners should get tested for STDs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse.
    2. If a person chooses to have sexual intercourse with a partner whose infection status is unknown or who is infected with HIV or another STD, a new condom should be used for each act of intercourse.
  2. Condoms.
    1. Use a new condom with each act of sexual intercourse.
    2. Carefully handle the condom to avoid damaging it.
    3. Put the condom on after the penis is erect and before any genital contact with the partner.
    4. Ensure no air is trapped in the tip of the condom.
    5. Ensure adequate lubrication during intercourse.
    6. Use only water-based lubricants.
    7. Hold the condom firmly against the base of the penis during withdrawal and withdraw while the penis is still erect.

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