An Increase In STD’s As Lockdown Restrictions Ease- How To Avoid Getting One
With the lockdown restrictions being eased and the promise of a complete lift of all lockdown and travel restrictions this summer, people everywhere are getting out more. They are socialising with old friends, meeting new friends, and dating again. However, studies show that with the easing of the lockdown restrictions and the eagerness to date again, many people are not protecting themselves from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In fact, STD Clinics London have seen an increase in STDs and STD testing London as of late.
With that in mind, there are some ways that you can still date, and have sex, while protecting yourself against contracting an STD:
Effective STD prevention starts before any sexual activity.
Talk honestly with partners- Be honest with any potential partners about both of your sexual histories.
Get Tested For STD’s- see your local STD Clinic London and get tested before having sex. You don’t have to have symptoms to get tested.
Avoid sexual contact when under the influence of alcohol or drugs- people who use drugs or alcohol often don’t have control over their decisions which could lead to unprotected sex.
Safe sexual health practices.
Use Condoms Every Time You Have Sex- Condoms are the only type of contraception that can both prevent pregnancy and protect against STDs. If you use a lubricant, make sure it’s water-based to prevent break-down of the condom. When used correctly, male condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy.
Avoid Sharing Towels Or Underclothing- Pubic lice can be transmitted through the sharing of towels and undergarments. Always use a fresh towel when drying off after a shower or a dip in the pool.
Practice Abstinence- abstinence, or not having sex, is the only sure way to prevent STDs. Even condoms are not 100% effective.
Maintain Good Hygiene- both before and after you have sex, you should wash your hands to prevent the possible transmission of disease or bacteria. Rinsing off after sexual contact and urinating after sex can also help prevent UTIs.
How Can I Prevent Spreading An STD?
There are many ways to prevent giving an STD to someone else including:
- Stop having sex until you see a doctor and are treated.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions for treatment.
- Don’t resume having sex unless your doctor says it’s OK.
- Return to your doctor to get rechecked.
- Be sure your sex partner or partners also are treated.
Contact Northway Clinic
To learn more, contact Northway Clinic today and speak to a healthcare professional who can answer any questions you might have.
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