The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recently estimated that 1 in 5 people has an , that is to say, they are very common! Most STDs can be cured and all can be treated. STDs are not something to feel ashamed of but if left untreated some of them can cause things like pelvic pain or infertility (the inability to have a baby in the future) so it is important to learn how to prevent, get tested for, and treat STDs. Even though we are practicing social distancing due to COVID-19, our tips for protecting yourself from STDs are important whenever you have sex, now or in the future. Check out these ways to prevent STDs:
Abstinence, or not having sex, is the best way to prevent pregnancy and STDs! Some people define abstinence in different ways but just remember that any sexual contact has the potential to spread STDs. If you choose to have sex, check out our other ways to protect yourself and your partner.
Condoms are an important way to prevent STDs. Condoms create a barrier to protect or block someone from coming in contact with another person’s bodily fluids. Condoms are an easy way to protect against STDs when someone has sex. You can find free condoms near you !
Talk with your partner
Similar to how you might talk with someone about their COVID-19 precautions and expectations before you see them, having an open conversation with your partner is another important step in preventing STDs. Starting this conversation can be tough but gives you a chance to share if you or your partner have an STD, when the last time you got tested was, and what you are comfortable with. You can make sure you are on the same page about condom use. Consent involves not just saying yes or no to sex but also understanding what that means. This includes expectations around STD testing and condom use.
Many STDs have no symptoms, which is why it is so important to get tested! STD testing is free, confidential, and easy! You can find a clinic near you ! When you get tested, make sure you understand for since there is not one test for all of them.
If you find out you have an STD, first remember it is no big deal! The doctor or clinic will help you get treatment. Remember that some STDs can be cured and all can be treated. Make sure you follow the instructions they give you for the medication and ask any questions you may have. If you test positive for Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, you can also ask the doctor about .
Remember, STDs are common and not the end of the world. Owing your health and understanding how to prevent STDs is an important way to protect your health and the health of your partner! Find or a .