Sexually Transmitted Infections rates are increasing in recent years, specifically for men - reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Syphilis has been increasing during the last decade or so, giving it the infamous honor of joining the league of most common STI’s in the US - along with Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
However, the very top honor goes to HPV - Human Papillomavirus. HPV is the most common form of STI in the US - with just about everyone getting some version of the virus during their adult life. 14 million people report new infections of HPV each year.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL GET AN STI (*OR DIE) IF YOU HAVE SEX.
On the contrary - if you utilize safe sex practices, your chances of contracting a sexually transmitted infection drastically decrease. One of the best way is to use a condom - properly. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I figured I would head over to good ole’ YouTube and find a great instructional video for you all. This is one of my favorites - just in case you need a refresher. :)
Even if you trust your partner. Even if you have never been with anyone else. Even if they say they have never been with anyone else…
ALWAYS USE PROTECTION, A BARRIER METHOD PREFERABLY.
If you don’t have a condom, dental dam, or other barrier… don’t do it. Do other things. You know what I mean… ;-)
Hope this reminder tip was helpful!
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