Sexual Health Health Center

It is very important to be safe and cautious if you are a sexually active person. While there are many benefits to being intimate with a partner, there also are many risks, including STDs.

Monogamous couples who have been tested and are shown to be free of STDs are not likely to contract disease. For people who choose to have multiple sexual partners, it is essential to practice safe sex to reduce the risk of contracting an STD. If you choose to be sexually active with people whose STD status is unknown, or choose to be sexually active with a person who has a known STD, take precautionary measures and practice "safe sex." Safe sex includes the dedicated use of condoms and dental dams, possibly along with hormonal contraception to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Condoms block the transmission of bacteria via semen. Use a condom for vaginal, oral and anal intercourse. Know your partner and his/her STD status. Have regular medical check-ups and ask your doctor about testing for STDs, especially if you have more than one sexual partner.

If you notice something irregular about your sexual health, talk frankly with your doctor, even if discussing the subject may feel uncomfortable or embarrassing. Discussing your problem with a medical professional is the only way to ensure proper treatment.

Review Date: 
September 4, 2012
Last Updated:
November 13, 2013