If and when you choose to have sex, you need to know about sexually transmitted infections. You can protect yourself and your partner by using a condom or a dental dam, being honest about your sexual history and getting tested for STIs.
STIs are serious. Although many can be cured with antibiotics, some, like herpes, HIV/AIDS and sometimes Hepatitis B are lifelong illnesses that can only be managed with medication. And even those that can be cured can harm your body and your chances of having a baby later in life if you don’t get treated in time. Talking with your partner, being honest about your sexual history and getting tested for STIs are all part of being in a healthy relationship.