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Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): Your Complete Guide

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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a common and preventable health concern. By understanding the risks and taking proactive measures, you can significantly reduce the chances of contracting or spreading an STI. In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on preventing STIs and empowering you to make informed decisions about your sexual health.


Knowledge is power when it comes to preventing STIs. It is important to educate yourself about different types of STIs, their transmission methods, and their symptoms. Open and honest communication with sexual partners is crucial. Discussing sexual histories, testing, and expectations can help establish a foundation of trust and responsibility. Remember, consent and mutual understanding are key.


Consistently practicing safe sex is vital in preventing STIs. Correct and consistent use of barrier methods like condoms can significantly reduce the risk of transmission. Always ensure that condoms are intact, within their expiration date, and used from start to finish during sexual intercourse. For oral sex, using dental dams or condoms can provide protection. Avoid sharing sex toys, but if you do, use a new condom or clean them thoroughly before each use.

Regular STI testing is crucial for sexually active individuals, even if you are in a monogamous relationship. Testing can detect STIs early and allow for timely treatment. Visit Complete Healthcare for Women or your healthcare provider for routine screenings. Be aware of the recommended testing frequencies for different STIs, as they may vary. Encourage your partner(s) to get tested as well and have open conversations about test results.


Vaccinations are available for certain STIs, such as human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B. These vaccines can provide long-term protection against infection. Speak to Complete Healthcare for Women or your healthcare provider about the appropriate vaccinations for your age and risk factors. Ensure you receive the recommended doses to maximize the effectiveness of the vaccines.


Reducing the number of sexual partners can significantly lower the risk of STI transmission. While it may not be practical for everyone, being selective and establishing trust with partners can help minimize the chances of exposure. It is important to remember that monogamy does not guarantee STI prevention. Regular testing and open communication remain essential.


Preventing STIs requires a proactive approach that involves education, communication, and responsible behavior. By following safe sex practices, getting regularly tested, and staying informed, you can protect yourself and your sexual partners. Remember, your sexual health is a priority, and taking preventive measures empowers you to make informed decisions that promote overall well-being.


Complete Healthcare for Women - Obstetrics and Gynecology


Richard Lorenzo, D.O.

Kortney Jones ARNP


Dr. Lorenzo Richard Lorenzo, DO Dr. Lorenzo is also a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He provides gynecological and obstetric services, including prenatal care, pregnancy care, infertility, and gynecology. Dr. Lorenzo is proficient in advanced surgical techniques, including minimally-invasive procedures, as well as surgery for abnormal uterine bleeding, endometriosis, and hysterectomy. He has specialized training in high-risk obstetrics and minimally invasive surgical techniques, including minimally invasive hysterectomy.

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