Everyone who’s sexually active is at risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease. How high is the risk of STDs? It depends upon who you are and that you’re sleeping with. I have always believed that everyone should practice safer sex in each sexual experience with each sexual partner. However, I realize that may not be sensible. So I’ve developed this list of queries which individuals may ask themselves to be able to start thinking about risk.
People may still contract an STD even if they fall at the lowest risk category. But some people are in more danger than others.
Individual Factors That Affect STD Risk
These are things about you along with your choices that allow you to safer (+) or put you more in danger (-) of acquiring an STD.
+ Choosing to be sexually active just in a long-term monogamous relationship.
+ Being comprehensively screened for sexually transmitted diseases prior to having sex with a new partner.
+ Consistently asking a new partner to undergo STD testing prior to starting to get sex.
+ Always using male condoms, female condoms, dental dams, and other safer sex practices if having sex. This usually means using obstacles even in longterm monogamous relationships.
+ Consistently carrying a condom, also carrying it properly, if sex may occur.
– Using alcohol or drugs prior to sex
– Practicing serial monogamy
– Inconsistent condom usage or no more condom usage
– Not utilizing safer-sex techniques for oral sex
– Being screened or tested regularly for STDs
– Being younger (girls only)
Not being circumcised (guys only)
– having multiple sexual partners
– Using an STD already
– IV medication use
– Crystal Meth use
– Hooking up with anonymous partners you”met” online or at bars
Partner Factors Which Affect STD Risk
These are matters about your partner and her or his options make you safer (+) or place you more at danger (-) of acquiring an STD.
+ With no other concurrent partners
+ With had very few, or not, other partners previously
+ Always practicing safer sex — in long-term monogamous relationships
+ Being regularly screened for STDs
+ Being willing to discuss safer sex and STD testing until you have sex
– Believing, and/or trying to convince you of one or more myths about who wants to practice safe sex
– Attempting to convince one that condoms are not necessary
– Using alcohol or drugs before sex
– Having other sexual partners, particularly those who use alcohol or drugs.
– Telling you because he/she has no symptoms he/she can’t have an STD.
– Just practicing safe sex for vaginal, and/or anal intercourse but not for anal intercourse.
Community Factors That Affect STD Risk
These are things about your neighborhood that make you safer (+) or put you more in danger (-) of obtaining an STD. These are usually not things that you can control, which can feel pretty unjust.
+ Being part of a community where most people are highly educated. (Education is associated with better health knowledge and access.)
+ residing in a location where many people have health insurance. (Insurance makes it easier to have treated and screened )
+ residing in a Place with readily available medical care
– Living somewhere where lots of people have STDs
– Having one or more family members having an STD, such as herpes, that may be transmitted through casual contact
– Dating inside a group where There’s a high STD incidence
A Word From Verywell
People frequently think that certain groups are at high risk of STDs as they have risky behavior. Sometimes that’s true. Other times, it is completely erroneous. For an example, a very well-respected study looked at HIV risk in black men who had sex with men. In the US, Canada, and the UK. They compared their risk to HIV risk among Caucasian men who had sexual intercourse with guys. What did they find? The black men had considerably higher HIV risk, but they engaged in many fewer risky behaviors. Why was their danger high? Largely, it was due to 2 things. The first was that black men had less access to high-quality health care.
That put them at greater risk of both becoming infected and passing in a disease. The second was that they’re more likely to date other black guys, and thus more likely to be exposed, than their white counterparts.