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Preventing STIs

Looking after your sexual health is just as important as looking after your physical health. This includes finding the best way to reduce and minimise your risk of catching an STI. 

In general, sexually transmitted infections are easy to prevent. The only safe way to completely avoid STIs is to not engage in sex, however, there are measures you can take to minimise your risk while still enjoying an active sex life. 

Condoms are the best way to avoid an STI when having sex. There are other things you can also do to reduce the chances of catching a sexually transmitted infection: 

  • Limiting the number of people you have sex with 
  • Regularly getting tested for STIs, along with your partner before having sex 
  • Talking to partners honestly and openly about your sexual history
  • Avoiding sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs where your judgement may be impaired 
  • Where appropriate, getting vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis B 

The only time unprotected sex is completely safe from STIs is if you and your partner have only had sexual contact with each other, and if you’ve tested negative for STIs at least three months after you had sex with any other partners. Otherwise, you should take precautions.