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Preventing STDs

Condoms are proven to be 98% effective at reducing the risk of catching or spreading most STDs, during vaginal, anal or oral sex. If you have latex allergies, synthetic non-latex condoms can be used.

Non-barrier forms of contraception may protect you from unwanted pregnancies but it does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.

Other ways to reduce the risk of catching or spreading STDs:

  • Regular testing
    Those who are sexually active should regularly seek testing to reduce the risk of spreading, as well as treat it before it develops into long term complications.
  • Monogamy
    Having one partner who is uninfected can reduce the risk of contracting and spreading STDs. You must be certain you are both not infected and only sexually active with one another.
  • Abstinence
    The most effective and reliable way to avoid contracting and spreading STD is to abstain sexually, vaginal, anal and orally.
  • Vaccinations
    Some STDs such as Hepatitis B and HPV have effective vaccinations that may protect you from said STD and reduce the risk of it developing into long term and further complications.
  • Education
    Be well informed and educated about the importance of safe sex. Certain sexual practices may put you in more risk of STD.

To read more about PrEP, PEP and HIV prevention, click here.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019, 4 2). Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm

World Health Organization. (2019, 6 14). Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) . Retrieved from World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/sexually-transmitted-infections-(stis)