Protection against STD/STIs
If you grew up in the 80s and 90s you likely heard the refrain of ‘barrier method’ (a euphemism for ‘condom’) as the only way to have sex without risk of STD/STIs. Like many simplistic answers to complex problems it is partly accurate, but leaves out a whole lot.
In theory, the best way to avoid STD/STIs is to not have sex with anyone who has an STD/STI. If you and all your sexual partners are regularly tested for STD/STIs, you shouldn’t need to worry, right? Unfortunately, this only works in theory.
The truth is that while STD/STI testing available at reasonable cost or free in most areas of the US, Canada and Europe (can’t comment on the rest of the world) that it is rare for STD/STI testing to cover all possible infections. For instance, most don’t bother testing for herpes unless you have visible lesions.
In addition, as mentioned last week, there are STD/STIs that can infect you without any sexual contact. So even not having sex at all doesn’t provide 100% protection. The most important thing you can do, for yourself and your sexual partners is get it through your heads that there is no such thing as fully protecting yourself from STD/STIs. All you can do is manage your risks.
Sorry for the late (and short) post. Getting ready for this trip has cut unto my time and sanity, I’m afraid. So rather than write a shitty post, I’m stopping here and I’ll continue the topic next time.
Be well all, I’ll be back in two weeks.