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Taking precautions

Safer sex

The bad news is that there is no such thing as safe sex. The only way to avoid surprise pregnancies and nasty diseases is to abstain from sex. Most people are not willing to even consider this option. So if you can't exercise any control over your libido, the next best thing is to practice safer sex. But just like it takes two people to make love, it takes two people to practice safer sex. This is something that you have to discuss with your partner.

Contrary to popular belief, sex is not just about penetration. You and your partner could explore other forms of sexual expression like kissing, cuddling and caressing each other. There's no harm trying it out. You'll be surprised how pleasurable it can be. 
 

Tips for playing it safe

It is understandable if this is not a viable option for most people because people in a relationship are bound to want to move on to the next step sooner or later. In that case, you should take the following precautionary measures:

  • Buy your own condoms and don't forget to check the expiry date. And this applies to women too. Remember that your body is your responsibility. It is up to you to look out for yourself and take the necessary precautions.
  • Make sure that you or your partner knows how to use a condom properly and use it every time you have sex.
  • You are not going to be in a condition to make a sensible decision about safer sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Make your stand clear to your partner before you indulge yourself in these substances.
  • Promiscuity could mean trouble. Be picky about your sexual partners and try to avoid having intercourse with people who have multiple partners. 
  • Birth control pills, diaphragms or IUDs do not provide adequate protection against STDs. Spermicides provide a small degree of protection against STDs, but it is advisable to use them in combination with other methods of protection.
  • Keep yourself informed about the symptoms of different STDs so that you can check with the doctor if you have the slightest suspicion that you have contracted a STD.
  • If you are sexually active, it is a good idea to routinely check for STDS even if you don't have any symptoms. 
  • Tell your partner if you have been diagnosed as having a STD so that he or she can get tested.
  • If you or your partner have been infected with a STD, you will have to abstain from sex. 
  • Don't let any feelings of embarrassment stand in the way of your visiting the doctor if you suspect that you may have contracted a STD. 


What to expect at the doctor's clinic

The doctor will probably ask you what symptoms you have that prompted you to think that you may have contracted a STD. He will ask you questions about your sex life and if your partner displays any symptoms of a STD. 

Once he has made a note of your history, he will conduct a physical examination. He will probably need you to undergo some tests to confirm his diagnosis. Tests will be run on blood samples, urine samples and any swabs that the doctor takes from the affected area. The results may take a few days to come in so abstain from having sex in the interim to be on the safe side.

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Name: Coelho
Country: Barbados

a physical examination after an unprotected sex can help in detecting infections in initial stages itself. tests are required to confirm the diseases. in the meantime, it is advisable to abstain from having sex.
 
Name: paul
Country: Sierra Leone

practice safer sex should be the new mantra as this is the only way by which many STDs can be prevented. alternative forms of sex also provide pleasure and are perfectly safe. Getting more information on STDS helps in creating awareness and thus protection against them.
 
Name: cynthia
Country: Canada

this website is a great guiding tool. i get to know about so many diseases and other topics related to sex which we are not able to ask others. i would recommend this site to all my friends so as to create awareness on some common topics.
 
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Country: Australia

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Name: maggie
Country: Malawi

do it a day after her period
 
Name: hunter
Country: India

i and my gf want to have sex with out condoms.tell the right time to do it pls


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