If you’re worried about contracting an STI (sexually transmitted infection),  you are right to worry. There are some serious STIs out there which no guy wants to get and the best method of prevention is undoubtedly safe sex.

Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, a man will decide not to wear a condom, for whatever reason. This kind of decision may have long-lasting, negative consequences. So, it’s much smarter to play it safe and protect yourself with condoms at all times.

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However, you should be aware that condoms have their limitations. For example, if you’re in the habit of giving oral sex to a female partner, she’ll need to use a dental dam in order to reduce your risk of contracting an STI.

There are plenty of protective products out there – what’s important is that you understand that some STIs are transmittable via oral sex, as well as via typical or anal intercourse.

STI Information is Readily Available

Examples of STIs include Genital Herpes, HIV/AIDS, Syphilis and Chlamydia. These are just a few examples. Most health websites of authority status (such as Web MD) will offer complete listings of these infections and their symptoms. They will also offer current information about the latest treatment strategies.

While some STIs, such as HIV/AIDS and Genital Herpes, aren’t curable, they may be controlled via medication. Naturally, prevention is the best cure. This is why we can’t overstress the importance of practicing safe sex and of carefully considering the risk level of various forms of sexual contact, from oral sex to typical intercourse to anal sex.

Getting tested regularly is the best way to know your status. In addition, you may wish to ask a partner if they’ve been tested for STIs. Bear in mind that some STIs, such as HIV, often take months to show up in test results. So, tests may be deceptive in some ways. Nonetheless, getting tested every six months should allow you to take action if a problem arises…and knowing that your partner also gets tested should give you peace of mind.

Sometimes, trust is a barrier to sexual health. For example, you may trust your partner to be sexually faithful. The truth is that a lot of people do cheat, even if they’re never caught. If they don’t “play safe” during their cheating, they expose you to risks. So, trust in terms of practicing unsafe sex is really too big of a risk to take.

Those in long-term, monogamous relationships may make the choice to have unsafe sex – it’s always a personal choice.