One of the most searched terms on Google relating to sexual health is “STI diseases.”

Although technically the correct term would be either STIs (sexually transmitted infections) or STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), this frequently searched term does reveal a gap in knowledge around sexual health and a desire to learn more about it.

In this article, LetsGetChecked discusses six sure-fire ways to stay clear of STDs.


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It is more important than ever to educate ourselves on how to stay clear of STIs since, according to the American Sexual Health Association, one in two sexually active people will contract an STD/STI by the age of 25.

Condoms dramatically reduce your risk of getting STI diseases
One of the most searched terms on Google relating to sexual health is “STI diseases.”


1. Always Use Condoms

Condoms are the best contraceptive defence you’ve got against both sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy as long as you use it right.

Use a condom for vaginal sex‚ anal sex or oral sex to prevent body fluids from mixing. Condoms are not a 100% secure option as they can break or slip off however in the case of AIDS, properly used condoms could prevent 80%-85% of HIV infections.

The most effective type of condom is latex (rather than lambskin). It is also more effective to use lubricant, water-based ones are best.


2. Get Tested

Routine testing will tell you if you have an STD like gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes or HIV. Many STIs do not have symptoms, so you can have them without knowing.

It is a good idea to get a check-up when starting a new relationship in case you or your partner unknowingly are carrying an infection on from a previous relationship. If you are both happy you are infection-free, you can omit condoms for sex, but use birth control to avoid pregnancy. If you’re sexually active and not in a monogamous relationship, it is advised that you go for a regular screening about every six months.


3. Limit Your Number Of Partners

It’s simply math and probability: The more partners you have, the more likely you are to be exposed to a sexually transmitted infection. It’s about odds and minimizing risk where you can.


4. Get Vaccinated

Some STIs, such as hepatitis A, B and C as well as human papillomavirus (HPV) can be prevented with vaccines. These include ones that cause the majority of cervical cancers, not to mention genital warts. Given that infections like HPV can be transmitted simply through skin-to-skin contact, this vaccine is worthwhile for everyone to consider, regardless of your sex life (or lack thereof).


5. Lay off the cigarettes

It’s pretty much common knowledge that smoking increases your risk of cervical cancer but did you know that smokers have a greater risk of contracting HPV and HIV than non-smokers? Evidence shows the increase ranging from 60%. Researchers theorize that the effects of tobacco smoke on the immune system may reduce the ability of immune cells to fight off the virus.


6. Don’t have sex

It’s a huge lifestyle decision that many of us are not prepared to make. The reality is that the most fool-proof tactic to avoid STIs is to not have sex.

But remember – the increasing number of STIs should not scare you into being celibate. The key takeaway from this article should be the inspiration to take future precautions. As long as you practice safe sex you will greatly reduce your risk of being exposed to and contracting STIs.


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From your heart to your hormones and your vitamins to your vitality, LetsGetChecked offers convenient and confidential health tests to everybody, for every body. Using your personalized online profile, you can monitor every aspect of your well-being.

Simply order your test online. Self-collect your sample at home. Return your sample to our accredited laboratories in a pre-paid self-addressed envelope. Receive your results in 2-5 days. LetsGetChecked will support you, every step of the way. In the event that your results are positive or outside a normal range, a fully certified doctor or nurse from the LetsGetChecked medical team will guide you through a personalized treatment program.

It’s good to know.


Written by Hannah Kingston | Approved by Medical Director Dominic Rowley