You can lower your risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by following these simple practices:
- Abstain from oral, vaginal, and anal sex.
- If you choose to have sex, use
condoms (oral, vaginal, and anal sex) &
dental dams (oral sex) properly every time you have sex.
- Limit your number of sexual partners.
- Be aware of any STI symptoms in yourself and your partner, and seek help early.
- If you or your partner has other sexual partners, or if you have had a new partner since your last check-up,
get tested for STIs.
- Get the
HPV Vaccine (Gardasil) which protects against four HPV types, which together cause 70% of cervical cancers and five types of viruses that cause 90% of genital warts.
The FDA has now approved Gardasil for males and females 9-26 years of age for the prevention of anal cancer, anal dysplasias and precancerous lesions caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). The vaccine is given through a series of three shots over a six-month period (0, 2 and 6 months).
Have questions? Contact a Health Educator at 858-534-1824.