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
- The most effective way to prevent the sexual transmission of
STDs is to avoid sexual intercourse with an affected partner.
- Both partners should get tested for STDs, including HIV,
before initiating sexual intercourse.
- 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
- Use a new condom with each act of sexual intercourse.
- Carefully handle the condom to avoid damaging it.
- Put the condom on after the penis is erect and before any
genital contact with the partner.
- Ensure no air is trapped in the tip of the condom.
- Ensure adequate lubrication during intercourse.
- Use only water-based lubricants.
- Hold the condom firmly against the base of the penis during
withdrawal and withdraw while the penis is still erect.