How To Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections

The most common symptom of a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) is NO SYMPTOMS. In order to know your status, it is important to have regular check-ups and request STI testing. It is recommended to be tested every six months or in between partners, whichever comes first. If symptoms occur, these may include:

  • Sores, bumps, blisters, swelling or growths on sex organs or other parts of your body
  • Burning while urinating
  • Discharge or itching from a flaccid penis/anus
  • Abnormal discharge or itching from the vagina/anus
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Itching or rash
  • Flu or cold-like symptoms

Barrier methods are the most effective in preventing STIs. Here are a few options:

Note the following steps to properly
using an external (male) condom.
Suggestions for using internal (female) condoms:
  1. Get consent from your partner
  2. Make sure there is a small air bubble in the condom package – squeeze to check. Check the expiration date.
  3. Carefully remove from package
  4. Place condom in the palm of your hand. The reservoir tip should pop up. This is the correct side if the condom can roll down.
  5. Pinch the tip (½ – ¼ inch) of the condom and place on the tip of the penis.
  6. Keep the tip pinched as you roll the condom to the base; make sure to get all air bubbles out.
  7. After ejaculation, hold the base of the condom and withdraw penis while it is still erect.
  8. Slowly remove condom from the base while trying to keep all contents inside.
  9. Dispose of used condom in a trash can, NOT in the toilet!
  1. Use a new internal condom for each act of sex
  2. Always follow insertion directions completely
  3. Do not remove the inner ring (inner ring only to be removed if the internal condom is being used for anal sex)
  4. Use plenty of water based lubricant
  5. Do not ever use an external condom with an internal condom
Dental Dams
 Dental dams can be used for oral sex on the vagina or anus. Cover the area of your partner on which you wish to have oral sex. This protects you and your partner from the spread of infections.

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