Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are diseases that can be spread through sexual activities with an infected party. Some STDs can be cured while some currently do not have a cure. As such, it is especially important for any sexually active person to know how STDs spread, what they can do to prevent the spread of STDs, what activities pose a higher risk of STD transmission and when to visit an STD clinic in Singapore to seek treatment. Some sexual activities can pose a significantly higher risk of contracting an STD compared to others, as they provide more opportunities for the STD to transmit. In this article, we will be exploring five sexual activities that can increase your risk of contracting an STD.
One of the best ways to be protected from STDs is to use a condom. Wearing a condom before any form of sex – vaginal, anal or oral – provides a layer of protection that prevents sexual fluids from transferring from one party to another. Because of this, condoms can also prevent pregnancy and STDs. When parties opt not to use a condom during sex, the risk of contracting an STD increases significantly. It is also important to note that some people with STDs are asymptomatic, meaning that they do not exhibit symptoms of the STD but are still able to transmit the STD to their partners. It is not possible to tell purely from visual examination whether someone has an STD. Therefore, unprotected sex poses a great risk for STD transmission.
Having multiple sex partners
As STDs are transmitted through sexual contact, having multiple sex partners can greatly increase the chances of contracting an STD. With each activity with a sexual partner, there is a risk of contracting STDs and that risk is amplified when more parties are involved. Sexual activities that involve multiple partners at the same time also pose a great risk as sexual fluids may transfer between multiple people in a small time frame.
Sex trade work
Unfortunately, those who work in the sex trade are highly vulnerable to STD transmission as they have sex with multiple partners, some of whom may insist on unsafe sex practices, such as avoiding condom use. It is recommended for those in the sex trade to get tested regularly for STDs at STD clinics to stay healthy.
Sex with the influence of alcohol
Alcohol can greatly impair judgement during sexual activity. This means that parties may not be fully aware of the sexual activity they are performing. They may accidentally avoid using condoms, or engage in more risky sexual behaviour.
Sex with someone who is at a high risk of STDs
Finally, having sex with a partner who is also at a high risk of STDs can greatly increase risk as well. Having sex with someone who is in the sex trade or someone who has sex with multiple partners pose great risk as well. The best way to tell if your partner does not have an STD is to get an STD test before engaging in sexual activity.
If you have ever participated in one of these high-risk sexual activities, you should get tested at an STD clinic as soon as possible. Getting tested early means that you are able to receive treatment for any potential STDs earlier, preventing the damage that the STD may cause on your body.