Sexually Transmitted Infections Part 3: Knowing Yourself is the Best Prevention
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Knowing Yourself is the best Prevention: How To Take Care and Protect Yourself From Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Since the most common symptom of STIs is not having any symptoms at all, it is hard to know when you have an STI or not. This is a concern because you can pass on the STI to your sex partners whether you have symptoms or not.

So, what can you do to protect you and your partners from STIs? I teach people that they need to know their body and genitals. I teach this not only because it is fun, but also so they can know when something is wrong. For example, if you’ve spent some time looking at and exploring your genitals, you would know when there is a bump or sore there that wasn’t there before. This is also valid when something feels different when you pee or masturbate. If something changes, go to your health care provider or your local clinic to see if it’s something that needs to be treated.

In the meantime, make sure you know your sex partners’ history and whether or not they’ve been tested. Also, using a condom with every sex act helps protect against many but not all STIs (some STIs, including most of the parasitic ones, are transmitted with skin-to-skin contact.)

Remember, knowing yourself is the key to taking care of yourself. If you have any other questions about STIs that haven’t been answered, check with our experts – they’ll know how to respond!

Join me next week when I talk about condoms and how much fun they are!

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