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Here’s our Cupid’s Checklist to Stay Safe from STIs

’Tis the season of love, and Cupid has a mission—keeping you and your partner safe from STIs.

Feb 13, 2024

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Written by Aakansha Mehta
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This Valentine’s Day, love your sexual health a little more to stay safe from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Amid the romantic gestures and heartfelt exchanges, giving yourself and your partner the assurance of a healthy and satisfying intimate life by taking suitable measures to keep STIs at bay might be more precious than a diamond ring. There’s nothing more romantic than discussing desires, boundaries, and expectations and taking preventative measures to enjoy safe sex with your partner.

What is an STI?

STIs are sexually transmitted infections that can be caused by oral, vaginal, or anal sexual contact. However, some STIs can also be transmitted during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. According to WHO, more than 30 bacteria, viruses, and parasites can be transmitted during sexual contact.  

Follow our Cupid’s 3-step guide and celebrate a safe Valentine’s Day.

1. Vaccination

According to WHO, as of 2023, there are 6 HPV vaccines available globally. While some strains of HPV can cause genital warts, others can hold the potential to cause cancer in both men and women. The HPV vaccine guards against genital warts and the majority of cervical cancer cases. It also protects against cancers of the vagina, vulva, penis, or anus caused by HPV. Additionally, the vaccine offers defence against mouth, throat, head, and neck cancers resulting from HPV. Contact your medical practitioner for all the details you need to know about the HPV vaccination.

2. Protection

Physical protection like condoms and dental dams are a safe bet against contracting sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies. The National Library of Medicine states that HIV transmission is reduced by approximately 85 per cent when condoms are used correctly.

3. Regular Testing

Love letters are sweet, but how about a negative STI report attached to it? Yes, it’s Cupid-approved. According to the Cleveland Clinic, an estimated 374 million sexually transmitted infections occur each year, and regular testing may help find and treat STIs you may not even know you have.

Safety first, always

While passion and intimacy are integral parts of any romantic relationship, so is the responsibility to stay safe during sex. Our Cupid’s checklist is a great place to start for those keen on spreading safe love and nothing more.

Having said this, it’s essential to note that while preventing STIs is paramount, all STIs are treatable and most are curable.

Medically reviewed by:

Dr Uday Thanawala, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

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