To Serve and Protect

Although there are many forms to prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) or pregnancy, we're going to focus on the use of condoms.

If you are intimate with someone and they are not respecting your want for them to wear a condom, you should consider the risks before having unprotected sex with them.

There are two different types of condoms, one for men and one for women. In all sexual practices, it is safest to use condoms as a measure to prevent STDs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 20 million new infections occur yearly in the U.S.

While the amount of people you have been sexually active with doesn't matter, what matters is if any of them carry an STD that could possibly be transmitted to you.

It is often described as being in sexual contact with every person that you have had sexual contact with.

For example, if you have had sexual contact people with 2 people and they have each had sexual contact with 2 other people, you will have had sexual contact with 6 people.

This example shows that regardless of how many people you have had sexual contact with, if they have had sexual contact with someone who has an STD, you have a risk of contracting it.

Misconceptions 

You can tell if someone has an STD by just looking at them. FALSE.
STD's can be contracted to anyone, regardless of the way they look.

If I've had an STD, I can't get HIV. FALSE.

If you have contracted an STD you are more likely to contract HIV in the future.

Prevention

Use condoms: Be sure that you use them correctly.

Get vaccinated: If you are pro-vaccination, there are vaccines that can help prevent hepatitis B and HPV.

Talk about it: Talk to your partner about STD's and their sexual history.

Get checked: If you are engaging in sexual activity it is recommended to get checked for STDs.

Stay safe: The safest way to prevent STDs is to not engage in sexual activity.