Protecting myself from STBBIs

If you are sexually active, the best way to prevent STBBIs is by using condoms or dental dams! Check out the following tips:

  • If you become sexually active, you and your new partner should have testing done, or if you have symptoms.
  • Make sure you and your partner(s) use a condom (e.g. external and/or internal condoms).
  • "Mutual Monogamy," means that you and your partner(s) agree to only have sexual contact with each other which can help protect against STBBIs.
  • Talk with your partner about sex, pregnancy, and STBBIs.
  • Ask your doctor about getting vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and HPV.
  • Using drugs and alcohol can lead to taking unnecessary risks. 

Should I get tested?

Any form of sexual contact puts you at risk for a STBBI. Consider being tested:

  • Every time you have sex with a new partner.
  • At your regular check ups.
  • If you have symptoms such as pain during sex, sores, bleeding after sex, abnormal discharge, or mid-cycle bleeding. It is important to remember that many infections do not have any symptoms.

Why use a condom?

Okay, we are going to be completely honest with you, the best way to protect yourself is to use condoms every time you have sex. That's right, every time you have oral, vaginal, or anal sex. Condoms lower your risk of getting a STBBI and preventing unplanned pregnancy.

Not convinced? Here are some things to think about:

  • You can't tell if someone has a STBBI based on how they look, where they're from, or who they have slept with.
  • Think it's awkward asking your partner to wear a condom? Imagine finding out you've got an STBBI...
  • Using a condom provides you with peace of mind!
  • People with STBBIs often don't know they're infected, so it's best to protect yourself.

If you need to order condoms visit our Sex It Smart page, and have them delivered right to your door, and if you need further information on how to use condoms visit our Condoms and Dental Dams page.

 

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