There are things you can do to reduce the chance of coming into contact with STIs while still enjoying an active sex life.
- Use a condom every time you have sex.
- Talk to potential partners about your sexual history and when you last tested
- Get tested with your partner and share results before having sex
- Have few sexual partners
- Avoid sex when under the influence of alcohol or drugs as this is often when people struggle to have safe sex
The risk of STIs from having sex without a condom is much lower if you and your partner only have sex with each other and have both tested negative for STIs.