In this day and age, looking for sex and having sex is as easy as purchasing a hamburger from a fast-food joint, people forget that it comes with its repercussions. Sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), are generally acquired by sexual contact, as the name suggests. The organisms that cause STI’s may pass from person to person via blood, semen, or vaginal and other bodily fluids. Sometimes these infections can be transmitted non-sexually, surprising right? Such a process can be found during pregnancy or childbirth, from the mother to the infant. Sometimes through blood transfusions or shared needles.
If you may have been exposed to an STI, you need to see a doctor immediately, as the general practitioners in gp Adelaide like The Health Hub Family GP who will help you through the process of screening to see what possible STI you may have, if you have one, or two. You can also make an appointment with a doctor when you consider becoming sexually active or when you’re 21 – whichever comes first. Before you start having sex with a new partner, you can never be too safe, can you?
There are several ways to avoid or reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
I know it’s hard (no pun intended), but the most effective way to avoid STIs is abstaining from sex.
- Stay With One Uninfected Partner
Stay mutually monogamous relationship with a long-term partner who isn’t infected, that another reliable way to avoid STIs
- Wait And Verify
Until you have both been tested for STIs, avoid vaginal and anal intercourse with new partners. If you can’t subdue the urge, a less risky way is oral sex. However, it’s best to use a latex condom or dental dam (a thin, square piece of rubber made with latex or silicone, to prevent direct contact between the oral and genital mucous membranes). Please do keep in mind that no good screening test exists for genital herpes for either sex, and human papillomavirus (HPV) screening is not available for men.
- Get Vaccinated
Early vaccination before sexual exposure is also an effective way of preventing certain types of STIs. There are vaccines available to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis A and hepatitis B. If you have questions, you can always ask your local doctor in Adelaide city gp such as The Health Hub Family GP for more details.
The hepatitis B vaccine is usually given to newborns, and the hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for 1-year-olds. For those who aren’t immune to the disease and for those who are at increased risk of infection, such as men who have sex with men and IV drug users; both vaccines are recommended.
- Constant and Correct use of Condoms and Dental Dams
If you are going to have sex, use a latex condom or dental dam. Also, never use oil-based lubricants, such as petroleum jelly, baby oil, and whatnot with a latex condom, it will damage the condom causing it to break.
- Don’t Use Drugs or Drink Alcohol Excessively
Let’s face it, when we’re intoxicated, we tend to take risks, and taking sexual risks is one of them.
Before doing the deed, before having any serious sexual contact, communicate. Talk your partner into practicing safer sex. Reach an agreement about the do’s and don’ts.
- Male Circumcision: Consider It
There are studies and pieces of evidence that male circumcision can help reduce a man’s risk of contracting or acquiring HIV from an infected woman (heterosexual transmission) by as much as 60%. The odds are high. Preventing transmission of genital HPV and genital herpes can be aided by male circumcision.
Being in the heat of the moment doesn’t mean that you need to risk your health to be able to let off some steam. You can have sex; you can have fun; ultimately, you can have fun while being safe.