Don’t Forget Protected Sex This Valentine

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Studies show that people having more sex life normally have the high risk of getting germs, viruses and other intruders, eg, STD. The truth is, before you have unprotected sex, you should note that it is easier to prevent a Sexually Transmitted Disease(STD) than to treat an infection after it occurs.

Valentine’s Day is coming this year. No matter you are single, engaged or married; no matter you are planning to celebrate it with family, friends, or your special someone, it should be

noticed that your health is more important than sex this valentine. Sex is never an obligation and each partner has the right to say no.

Sometimes, people may be less careful when they get drunk, and some people may forget protection in the heat of the valentine moment. Do not give up on safer sex because of a slip-up.

If you have unprotected sex, get tested for sexually transmitted infections such as Herpes. Herpes, for example, is common, easy to treat and can cause problems if left untreated. Have STD testing regularly.

If you have unprotected sex with someone who is HIV positive, see a doctor as soon as possible. PEP (post exposure prophylaxis) started within 72 hours of exposure (the earlier the better) reduces the likelihood of getting infected with HIV. PEP is also used for people who may have been exposed to HIV in the workplace.

However, the best way to have safe sex is to be in a relationship, where neither of you has sex outside that relationship and free of any STD/STIs or better still abstain.

Even when using condoms for protection, some STIs such as genital warts and genital herpes can be passed on because the condom does not always cover the affected area.

The followings are safe sex prevention methods:

1. Use a condom. It is the best way to protect yourself from STD.

2. Delay sexual activity until you are prepared both physically and emotionally to have sex.

3. Limit your sex partners. The safest sex is with one partner who has sex only with you. Every time you add a new sex partner, you are being exposed to all of the diseases that all of their partners may have.

4. Ask a potential sex partner about his or her sexual history.

5. Ask a potential sex partner about high-risk behaviours that might increase his or her risk for a blood disease (such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV) that is transmitted by sexual contact.

6. A long-term relationship with the same partner (monogamy) may eliminate the need for condoms. Remember, you can only be sure of your own monogamy.

7. Know the symptoms of STIs and do not have sex with anyone who has these symptoms.

At last, remember that anyone can have an STD and not have any symptoms.

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