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General Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention Tips

STI-test_crop.png​​You can lower your risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by following these simple practices:

  • Abstain from oral, vaginal, and anal sex.
  • If you choose to have sex, use condoms (oral, vaginal, and anal sex) & dental dams (oral sex) properly every time you have sex.
  • Limit your number of sexual partners.
  • Be aware of any STI symptoms in yourself and your partner, and seek help early.
  • If you or your partner has other sexual partners, or if you have had a new partner since your last check-up, get tested for STIs.
  • Get the HPV Vaccine (Gardasil) which protects against four HPV types, which together cause 70% of cervical cancers and five types of viruses that cause 90% of genital warts. ​The FDA has now approved Gardasil for males and females 9-26 years of age for the prevention of anal cancer, anal dysplasias and precancerous lesions caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). The vaccine is given through a series of three shots over a six-month period (0, 2 and 6 months). Vaccines are given through Nurses Clinic, online appointments are available through MyStudentChart.

If having symptoms or wish to make an appointment to see a medical provider, please contact Student Health at 858-534-3300.