or not having oral, vaginal or anal sex, is the best way to
protect yourself. It is possible to get an STD even without
having intercourse (penis in the vagina, mouth or anus) through
- There are
many alternatives to intercourse, like mutual or
- If you have
sex, choose only one partner who you know well and trust.
Someone who only has sex with you. This is called "mutual
monogamy." Limiting your number of sex partners helps
reduce your risk of getting an STD.
- Use latex
condoms correctly for any type of sex (vaginal, oral or anal)
from start to finish.
your number of sex partners helps reduce your risk of getting an
STD. But remember, just because you and your partner may
be monogamous with each other, the risk of getting an STD is
increased by the number of previous sexual partners either
partner has had.
water-based spermicide for vaginal sex. It is not safe or
effective for oral or anal sex.
- Always use
water-based lubricants (like K-Y jelly, Astroglide or glycerin)
with latex condoms. Oil lubricants, like petroleum jelly, baby
oil or cooking oil, can cause latex condoms to break.
condoms may protect the penis, vagina, mouth or anus (butt hole)
from some STDs, but they will not protect against genital warts
(HPV) or other lesions such as herpes, when they are present on
the base of the penis or the scrotum (on the male), or on the
infection can spread to or from areas like the scrotum or anal
area. STDs like herpes and genital warts are spread through
- A female
polyurethane condom is available and may protect these areas
better, but it is NOT to be used with a male condom.
Facts. Know for Sure.
- If you have
had unprotected sex, you may have an STD and not know it.
- If your
partner has had unprotected sex, your partner may have an STD
and not know it.
- STDs like
chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are curable. While not
curable, diseases like HIV, HPV, herpes and hepatitis B are
- If left
untreated, STDs can lead to long-term consequences, like
infertility, long-term pain or cancer.