Example Domain This domain is established to be used for illustrative safe sex articles in documents. You may use this domain in examples without prior coordination or asking for permission. You must be 18 or older to enter this site. The CDC reports that the estimated incidence of HIV in the United States has remained relatively stable overall in recent years, at about 50,000 new HIV infections each year.
The safest sex is between two uninfected people who have never had another sex partner. Partners should ask about each other’s STD history before having sex and should be careful not to let alcohol or drug use, passion, or embarrassment interfere with their judgment. It is important to stay informed and make smart choices concerning sexual activity. Some STDs produce lesions or discharge that is noticeable on the body and some do not. Before intercourse, partners should examine one another for lesions, growths, or torn skin and each should ask about the other’s health history. Asking a partner if they have a history of genital warts, sores, or discharge before having sex is a good practice. It is important to remember that people are not always honest about their sexual history.
Partners may choose to explore sexual activities that do not involve intercourse. STDs, but does not eliminate it. Condoms should be kept on hand if the chance exists for spontaneous or unplanned sex, and should be stored properly to prevent them from degrading. The condom should be put on prior to sexual activity and if it tears during sex, the penis should be withdrawn and the condom replaced.
A new condom should be used for each sexual act. Although sex is safer with a condom, either partner should be comfortable abstaining from sex when there are signs of STDs. Some people believe that it is safe to have sex without a condom if they are taking antibiotics for an STD. The risk for transmission exists until the course or treatment is completed. Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.