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How do I avoid getting an STD? How do I avoid giving one to my partner? Are all types of condoms equally effective? Where can I learn to more effectively negotiate safer sex? Why is it called safer sex instead of safe sex?
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Top 10 Ways to Avoid Contracting an STD
You know you want to have sex, but what's the best way to do so as safely as possible? How can you reduce the risk of contracting an STD?

Protect Yourself
Before you start having sex with a new partner, there are some questions you should ask to keep yourself safe. Have you each been tested for STDs? Do you have the supplies you need to practice safer sex?

Which STDS Spread by Skin to Skin Contact?
There are a number of STDs which spread by skin to skin contact, and it's important to know which they are, since condoms can not fully protect against them.

Do You Practice What You Preach About Negotiating to Have Safer Sex?
Safer sex educators are always telling you to talk to your partners about STD testing and condom use, but do they have any idea how hard it is? This one does, and tells you that, no matter how difficult it is to talk about safe sex, that it's worth it.

Why Do I Need a Pap Smear to Get Birth Control Pills?
Most doctors require you go get a Pap smear in order to get a prescription for birth control pills. Although it may seem arbitrary, and many people resist what feels like unnecessary intrusiveness, the Pap smear requirement actually serves a very good purpose.

What is a Microbicide?
Microbicides are topical compounds that can be used to protect against STDs during rectal or vaginal intercourse

The Hidden Dangers of Nonoxynol-9
Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) may reduce your risk of pregnancy, but it can actually increase your risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease. Learn more about why this spermicide that is supposed to protect you might be damaging your health.

How Can Circumcision Reduce A Man's Risk Of Acquiring HIV?
Circumcision can reduce a man's risk of acquiring HIV.

Can circumcision protect against STDs other than HIV?
Recent studies suggest that circumcision may be an effective way to reduce a man's risk of acquiring both HPV and genital herpes

Mutual Masturbation - When You Don't Want To Wait
When one or both sexual partners has not been recently tested for sexually transmitted diseases, a couple may feel like their safe sex options are somewhat limited. Mutual masturbation may be a solution.

Self Efficacy and Condom Use - Self Esteem Makes Sex Safer
Self efficacy is one of the most important factors in a person's ability to negotiate for condom use. What is self efficacy, and how does it help people practice safer sex?

The Anal Pap Smear : Who, When, & Why
The anal pap smear is one way in which anal cancer can be detected. Anal cancer is one of the major possible effects of HPV infection in men.

Thailand's 100% Condom Program - A Paradigm for Prevention
Thailand's 100% condom program is, in many ways, one of the most successful HIV prevention programs of all time. It has it flaws, but there is a lot that can be learned from its successes.

What is Contact Tracing?
Contact tracking is one way in which governments try to limit the spread of STD epidemics

Abnormal Pap Smear Results
It can be scary to get your abnormal Pap smear results from your doctor. Although "normal" is easy to understand, if you have an abnormal Pap smear, it can be difficult to know if the pap smear results are anything you really need to be worried about. This guide to abnormal Pap smear results will help you understand what your doctor is trying to tell you, so that you can be informed when making d…

Top 10 Reasons to Support Comprehensive Education in Schools
Research has shown time and time again that abstinence-only education doesn't work. Here's my top 10 reasons you should support comprehensive sex education in schools.

Is there a relationship between yeast Infections, thrush, and oral sex?
Candida albicans is the organism responsible for both yeast infections and thrush. Does that mean that it can be transmitted during oral sex?

Five Reasons Everyone Should Get Tested for STDs
People avoid STD testing for all sorts of reasons; however, one of the scariest ones is the assumption they aren't at risk. For most people, that simply isn't true. Here are five reasons that everyone should get tested for STDs.

Can shaving or waxing my pubic hair affect my STD risk?
Pubic hair removal isn't something many people think too deeply about, but they should. It can affect your STD risk.

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