Keeping yourself safer sexually
Condoms should be applied before there is any skin to skin contact between the penis and the mouth, vaginal area or anus. Although condoms are not 100% reliable they greatly reduce the transmission of most sexually transmitted infections(STI).
Most condom failures arise because of incorrect use rather than a fault with the condom.
It is always wise to anticipate the possibility of meeting a new partner by carrying condoms with you.
Make sure the condom hasn’t expired or been damaged before use.
Remember a partner's personal appearance or state of hygiene is no indicator of their chance of carrying a sexually transmitted infection.
Oral sex confined to licking the penis, vaginal area and anus is safer than sex involving penile penetration of the mouth, vagina or anus. However there is still a risk of infection by herpes simplex virus which can cause oral (coldsores) and genital ulcers, and Syphilis.
It is also possible to contract Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia in the throat. Hepatitis A can be contracted from oral – rectal contact.
Signs or symptoms
If you develop signs or symptoms suggestive of a STI, seek medical attention and do not have any sexual contact until advised by your Health professional
If you think you may have been at risk of an STI, attend for a Sexual Health Check. Remember many sexually transmitted infections can be carried for a long period of time without showing any symptoms or signs. All sexually transmitted infections can be treated, and most cured. Screening will not only protect you but also current and future partners.