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How to avoid STIs

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.