High-risk sexual practices are not uncommon. Despite the scourge of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV; quite a number of people, especially young people, still engage in risky sexual behaviors which could expose them to STDs. According to a research study, a significant number of people infected with HIV and STDs still have sex without disclosing their status to their sexual partner; some have sex without protection. This is a valid explanation for the increase in the number of those infected with HIV and STDs on a yearly basis despite the level of awareness and efforts put into completely eradicating it.
Some of these high-risk sexual practices include:
- Having multiple sexual partners
- Engaging in sexual activity too early in life
- Having sex without condom with someone other than a single long-term partner
- Having sexual relationship with a partner who has multiple sexual partners
- Having sex with someone who uses drugs (cocaine, cannabis)
- Engaging in unprotected oral or anal sex with someone other than a single long-term partner
- Having sex in exchange for money or material gain
Abstinence remains the only way to completely ensure the prevention of STDs; however, for most adults, this may not be a realistic alternative. It therefore becomes imperative to ensure that sex is practiced safely. While sex can be pleasurable and often considered worthwhile by most people, pleasures derived from it are not enough to douse the unpleasant consequences of being infected with an STD.
Some STDs are not curable; implying that those infected with them would have to manage it for the rest of their lives. This is definitely too much to pay for a pleasurable act.
The bottom line is this: abstain from sex; when you choose to have sex, use condom (of course, married people do not have to use condom as long as their partner is faithful) ; and be faithful to your partner. Live responsibly, guard your health jealously; don’t throw it away.