Sexually transmitted diseases are one of the plagues of today's world. Due to the lack of education on this particular subject, many people in rural areas (but those in urban areas as well) engage in unsafe sex which, more often than they would like to think, results in transmission of STD's. The worst thing about this is that, dangerous as they are, these diseases could easily be prevented by changing the way people think and deal with sex. Here are a couple of tips on how to minimize the chances of contacting STD's.
1) Avoid sex with partners you don't know well
This one is obvious. The tip should actually read "if you want to be completely sure you will not catch an STD, do not have sex at all", but this proposition is easier proposed than carried out. Make sure you know a lot about your partner before you engage in any sort of intimate contact. This makes sense from any point of view, does it not?
2) Avoid potential contacts with bodily fluids outside of the sex act
People usually feel too comfortable around their partners and they tend to casually use their underwear or towels (especially after intimate contacts). This can potentially be very dangerous, because viruses can live for some time in the outside world and they are still able to initiate the infection. In order to minimize the chance of a freak accident, you should always use your own things for personal hygiene.
3) Use condoms
Although a lot of men around the world consider condoms to be off putting and to take that special something away from the pleasure of intimacy, one can never emphasize enough how important it is to use them. If used properly, condoms are very effective both for preventing pregnancy and protecting the wearer (and his partner) from sexually transmitted diseases. If for some reason you are shy to purchase condoms in your local pharmacy (and you really should not be!), you can search the internet and find condoms which are available online - it is a very easy thing to do these days.
4) Early prevention is highly effective
Some of the STD's out there, like Hepatitis B, for example, are easily prevented by getting a vaccination. We know it is difficult to think about unpleasant things like that before they happen, but if you learn to be safe, there is almost no chance you will be sorry afterwards.
5) Learn to control yourself in social situations
There is nothing more appealing than a prospect of having a great night out and meeting a partner of your dreams along the way. But, when alcohol gets into this equation things can go terribly wrong. If you are going out with the intention of meeting someone, try to limit the amount of alcohol intake to reasonable levels. You don't want to regret your poor decision making the next morning. Moderation can make all the difference in the world, so you should practice it indiscriminately.