STDs are a serious threat to anyone having sex today. Most are curable. But genital herpes, which one-fifth of the world population has, is not. This is breaking out in a rash periodically, which can be itchy or painful. Luckily, there are medications to help manage it. But it’s a lifelong burden you’ll wish to avoid. So how can you do so? Wear a condom each and every time you have sex. But that’s not enough to avoid herpes. Notice what condition your partner’s genitals are in. If they seem to have a rash or something going on in the pubic or genital area, inquire about it, and refuse to have sex until you get a satisfying answer. Talk to each and every partner about STDs before having sex with them. Reveal your status to them as well. Be upfront about it. You can even vow to get tested together beforehand. Don’t make it an awkward conversation. Make it about taking care of your health and theirs.
Limit your number of partners. Does your partner have a cold sore, also known as a fever blister, on their mouth somewhere? If so, pass on oral sex. A lot of people have a few drinks on a date before having sex, to calm the nerves. Avoid this. Most people actually acquire an STD when they’re intoxicated in some manner. They become more thrill seeking and reckless, and tend not to be careful about say, putting a condom on correctly, if at all, or insisting on the use of one. If you and a partner aren’t monogamous, consider not having unprotected sex until you become so. Lastly, try to be intimate in other ways besides oral or genital to genital contact. Mutual masturbation is one option. If you’re sexually active, talk to a doctor or urologist about an STD screening, if you haven’t had one in the last 12 months or so.