HIV or AIDS is incurable. The infection, once transmitted, cannot be reversed, though advanced medical treatments do help to delay the progression of the disease. Adequate protection is therefore of utmost importance. One important way to ensure this is to always practice safe, or protected sex.
Safe sex can also prevent other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – such as syphilis, chlamydia, and trichomonal infections – that cause unnecessary distress and sometimes lead to infertility or neurological complications. Finally, it can help to avoid the stress of an unwanted pregnancy.
Here are some simple things that you can do:
- Be prudent: Alcohol consumption or drug usage lower self-defense impulses and impair decision-making abilities leading to unsafe sexual practices. Avoid drugs and alcohol to remain sober and make a clear-headed choice.
- Know your partner: Before consenting to sexual intercourse, remember to be informed about your partner’s sexual history and consider the need for protection. Remember, STDs, including AIDS, may not have any apparent external symptoms, and there is always a risk that your partner has been infected.
- Protect yourself: Condoms, for males or females, limit the exchange of bodily fluids and thus reduce the chance of contracting STDs somewhat. However, they are not 100 percent effective in preventing HIV and other STDs. Oral pills or a combination of condoms and spermicides are better protection against unwanted pregnancy.
- Play safe: Always be careful while using sex toys for self-stimulation or mutual masturbation. Do not share these gadgets and make sure they are cleaned with soap and water.
Sex is a pleasurable activity that does not leave physical or emotional scars behind. Be responsible and educate yourself about STDs and safe sexual practices.