If you’re having sex, the best way to avoid STIs is to use a condom every time.
STIs are usually passed on by sex with an infected person, although some infections can be passed on in other ways as well. STIs can be caught during oral (licking, kissing or sucking someone’s genitals), vaginal or anal sex and some can also be passed through sexual touching and skin-to-skin contact.
Even if you’re using other kinds of contraception to prevent pregnancy, like the pill, you should still use a condom as well.Using a condom every time you have sex is the only way to protect yourself from STIs as well as pregnancy. If you have any questions about using condoms or want to get free condoms in Bristol, visit a C-card venue. You can also contact Ask Brook on 0808 802 1234. Your call will be confidential. That means we won’t tell anyone about it.
Condoms and dental dams
Using a condom or a detnal dam when you have sex is the most effective way to reduce your risk of picking up or passing on an STI, including HIV.
Use a condom for vaginal sex, anal sex or oral sex. Male or female condom – it doesn’t matter – they both work. A condom acts as a barrier and stops body fluids from mixing during vaginal, oral or anal sex.
Dental dams are small squares of latex which work well as a barrier during sex involving contact between the mouth and the vagina or mouth and the anus.
You can get FREE condoms from all kinds of places :
Or buy your condoms from :
- Petrol stations
- Machines in public toilets, bars and clubs
- Dental Dams are available from GUM clinics and Brook centres