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What is best way to prevent STDs?

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The safest way to prevent STD is abstinence, which is no sex at all. If your partner has an STD, or you don't know your partner's sexual history, the safest sexual activities include:

  • Fantasizing or having phone sex
  • Touching your own body erotically (masturbation) or having each partner touch his or her own body (mutual masturbation)
  • Caressing your partner using nonsexual massage
  • Rubbing against your partner's body with clothes on
  • Kissing

SOURCES Planned Parenthood web site: "Safer Sex." AIDS InfoNet web site: "Safer Sex Guidelines." American Academy of Family Physicians web site: "HIV and AIDS: How to Reduce Your Risk." Gay Men's Health Crisis web site: "HIV/AIDS Basics." FDA web site: "Condoms and Sexually Transmitted Diseases ... especially AIDS." MedlinePlus web site: "Medical Encyclopedia: Condoms." FDA web site. CDC: "Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)." :

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 17, 2019

SOURCES Planned Parenthood web site: "Safer Sex." AIDS InfoNet web site: "Safer Sex Guidelines." American Academy of Family Physicians web site: "HIV and AIDS: How to Reduce Your Risk." Gay Men's Health Crisis web site: "HIV/AIDS Basics." FDA web site: "Condoms and Sexually Transmitted Diseases ... especially AIDS." MedlinePlus web site: "Medical Encyclopedia: Condoms." FDA web site. CDC: "Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)." :

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 17, 2019

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