How to Perform Safe Sex

Sexually transmitted diseases and infections can be transmitted through sexual activity through the mouth, anus, vagina and penis. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one out of four teens is infected with an STD each year. In addition, half of all adults aged over 25 years who were sexually active had a sexually transmitted disease.

STDs are serious illnesses that require regular treatment. Some STDs such as HIV cannot be cured at all. By getting more information on how the body can be infected with harmful bacteria and viruses through sexual intercourse you can protect yourself better.

How to reduce the risk of contracting an STD:

  • Use a condom during penetrative sex
  • Use a condom when performing oral sex
  • Have sex without penetration
     

Another ways to practice safe sex is to avoid vaginal and anal sexual activity. There are many areas of the body other than the penis and the vagina that can be explored during sex. Besides being more secure, you will surely find new ways to get sexual pleasure.

Examples of safe sex without penetration are:

In the case of HIV, oral sex is safer than vaginal or anal sex. However, other infections may still occur such as herpes, syphilis, and hepatitis B, all of which can be transmitted through oral sex. Therefore, in order to be more safe, use condoms during oral sex.

Unsafe sex is vaginal and anal sexual activity between people who frequently change sex partners, for example sex with prostitutes. In this case, regular HIV testing and other STD test are advised.

Use Condoms When having Sex

Condoms work as a barrier between the penis to anus, vagina, or mouth. The barrier is to prevent fluid exchange, which is the medium of live bacteria and viruses. Condoms also reduce the occurrence of skin-to-skin contact with infected skin, thereby reducing the possibility of harmful bacteria infection.

Condoms are commonly sold; this prevents infections through anal or vaginal intercourse. Condoms can be bought at a pharmacy or drug store.