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How can I protect myself from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?

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You can do some things to protect yourself from STDs, but keep in mind that not having sex or sexual relations (abstinence) is the only sure way to prevent STDs.

  • Use a latex condom every time you have sex.
  • Limit your number of sexual partners.
  • Have sex with only one person who's only having sex with you.
  • Choose your sex partners with care.
  • Get checked for STDs.
  • Don't use alcohol or drugs before you have sex. You may be less likely to use a condom if you're drunk or high.
  • Know the signs of STDs.

SOURCE:  American Social Health Association.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 11, 2018

SOURCE:  American Social Health Association.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 11, 2018

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