Condoms can be used to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and to increase your pleasure during sex. To be most effective, a condom must be used every time, and used the right way. There are a lot of condoms to choose from - sizes, brands, shapes, colors, and type material. Try different kinds of condoms to find what you and your partner like best.
There are around 30 infections that can be passed through sexual activity. In terms of STI transmission, sexual activity includes oral sex, penis-vagina sex, anal sex, as well as touching skin-to-skin. No single test can screen for all STIs. The kind of tests someone gets depends on symptoms, age, biological sex, and medical and sexual history. Many STIs are curable, and others have treatment that can reduce symptoms. Getting tested is the only way to know your status.
Lots of people get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) at some point in their lives – about 50% of sexually active adults.
If you are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection, it is important to tell any person you had sex with in the last 3 months. Those people will need to be tested or treated. Depending on the infection, it may also be necessary to tell future sexual partners. It may not be easy to talk about, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the relationship.