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These are: abstinence, condoms, and female condoms.The latter two are called barrier protection because they are literally physical barriers between your parts and fluids and the parts and fluids of your lovers. ) Condoms are around 82 percent effective if used typically and 98 percent effective, if used perfectly.By which I mean to say, your sexual partner needs to have an STI in order for you to get it.Even then, this doesn’t mean you will end up with an STI yourself. A bunch of different factors go into how risky a certain act is, but it’s never 100 percent safe or dangerous.You can test positive for HIV and Hepatitis B and C as soon as one month after infection, but in certain cases it can take up to six months to show up.
Unfortunately, you can’t rush to the clinic Monday morning after a Saturday night slip-up and expect accurate results, because the tests only work a few weeks after a potential incident.
Now I’m free and on the prowl, but I want to make sure I’m taking care of myself.
Yes, I know I should use condoms, but if I'm hooking up with different people, is there anything else I should be doing to protect myself from STDs?
Emma Kaywin, a Brooklyn-based sexual health writer and activist, is here to calm your nerves and answer your questions. However, I must confess I’m a bit rusty on how to protect myself from STDs.
No gender, sexual orientation, or question is off limits, and all questions remain anonymous. I was monogamous with my ex for five years and I’m on the pill, so after we got tested we stopped using condoms.