Lower Your Risk of STI's and Unwanted Pregnancy

If you choose to engage in sexual activity, there are plenty of ways to reduce your risks for unintended consequences such as STIs, unintended pregnancy, and emotional distress.

Communicate With Each Sexual Partner

Communication is the best sexual technique – the best way for both parties to get what they want from the sexual relationship

  • Disclose sexual history
  • Discuss the type of protection you will use
  • Talk about what you like and dislike
  • Establish boundaries and expectations

Avoiding and Treating Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

You should get tested for STIs if any of the listed risk factors apply to you:

  • You have unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex;
  • A condom breaks;
  • Your partner has or has had an STI;
  • You or your partner inject street drugs;
  • You have a new sex partner;
  • You have had more than one partner in the past six months;
  • Your partner has or had sex with another person;
  • You have sex under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol; or
  • You are unable to communicate with your partner about your sexual history and ways to reduce risks.

Learn Some Common STI Symptoms:

NOTE:  Remember that some STIs, such as chlyamidia, are often asymptomatic