Avoiding STIs

If you are worried about catching an STI you can find our best preventative advice, depending on the type of STI, on the individual STI pages. But here is what we would recommend as best practice when practicing safe sex.

How to avoid STIs

You can do your best to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections by:

  • Using condoms every time you have vaginal or anal sex
  • Covering the genitals with a latex or polyurethane square, sometimes known as a ‘dental dam’, or use condoms every time you have oral sex
  • Washing or covering sex toys with a new condom before anyone else uses them

We’d also recommend getting tested regularly, to ensure that you catch any STI infections, or other bacterial or viral infections, early, so they can be treated as soon as possible, and you don’t accidentally pass anything onto any of your sexual partners.

Remember, if you would like to know the specific ways to prevent yourself from catching a certain STI, or other another type of infection, make sure you check out our pages that tell you more about each type of STI, including how to avoid, test and treat them.

If you are aged 16 and over and live in Teesside, Northern Lincolnshire, Oldham Bury and Rochdale you can order condoms online. Find out if you’re eligible by clicking here.

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