Education about sexually transmitted diseases should be a concern for everyone. The reason why having sex is not required to contract certain STDs. The good news, avoiding STDs is possible without having to abstain. While abstinence is the only guarantee, there are several ways to significantly decrease your chances of contracting STDs.

Education

The first way to decrease your chances of getting an STD is through education. There are numerous STDs that are quite common and have little to no symptoms. It is important to understand the symptoms of each STD, so if you do contract one, you can seek immediate medical attention. Not all STDs are contracted in the same way. It is also important to understand which activities put you at risk for which diseases.

Safe Hygiene Practices

Like previously mentioned, some STDs can be contracted through the non-sexual transmission. Several diseases are transmitted through bodily fluids. If you come into contact with infected bodily fluids and then touch your eyes or mouth you can inadvertently infect yourself. Several bacteria, that cause may STDs, live on surfaces for several hours. For this reason, there are several personal items that you should not share. Good personal hygiene can also help prevent transmission.

Do not share shaving razors
Do not share a toothbrush or other oral hygiene tools
Do not share undergarments
Do not share bath towels or washcloths
Wash your hands regularly
Do not sit on the wet toilet seat (especially women)

Safe Sex Practices

In addition to education and good hygiene habits, you still need to practice safe sex. Even though you practice safe sex it is still possible to transmit and contract an STD. However, practicing safe sex can drastically improve your chances of not transmitting or contracting a disease. It is worth noting that safe sex practices pertain to more than just intercourse.

Wash genitals and area before and after sex
Use a non-latex condom for intercourse
Use a non-latex condom or dental dam for oral sex
Use a non-latex condom for anal sex
Do not have sexual contact with anyone who has a rash or sore on genitals
Do not have sexual contact with anyone who has discharge
Do not have oral sex or kiss anyone with sores or lesions on the mouth

Make it a practice to inspect the genitals and genital area of any sexual partners. It is easy to casual a politely inspect your partner as a part of foreplay. They do not have to be aware of what you are doing. As awkward as it may seem, it can alert you to the first symptoms of an STD.

No matter how safe you are, it is always a good idea to get regular STD testing. If you are unfortunate enough to have an STD, early detection is your best way to prevent transmission. Early detection can also improve your chances for a complete cure if possible. It is important for people of all ages to be educated on the ways of avoiding STDs.