Our founder Sharon Baker recently wrote a column for the Rome News-Tribune discussing a rise of sexually transmitted diseases. Perhaps current advice to prevent COVID-19 exposure is also in order for these diseases.
Social distancing or abstinence is the most reliable way to avoid infection. This includes sexual encounters of any kind: vaginal, anal or oral. Avoiding multiple partners is important to reduce exposure to STD “germs.” If you are sexually active, stay in a monogamous relationship with someone who has been tested and doesn’t have an STD. Finally, using condoms is helpful not only to prevent pregnancy, but many STDs if used properly. However, condoms do not protect from all STDs, such as herpes or HPV.