Make sure you have sex with the person that you feel comfortable with. Also, know your partner. Knowing your partner will greatly decrease the chances of STDs and other diseases, including HIV. Having sex with anonymous partners increase the risks of STDs.
Most STDs are transferred via blood, saliva, etc. Touching provides the most minimal chances of risk. Make sure you do not have any cuts, sores, open wounds on any part of your body. For example, oral sex while having an ulcer in your mouth greatly increases the risk of transmission.
Kissing to the minimal amount helps reduce the risk of transmission. Cold sores may occur even without the presence of an ulcer or wound, so minimal saliva transmissions will reduce the chances of diseases.
Make sure your partner wears a condom properly when performing oral sex. A proper condom will fit tight enough not to choke your genitals, but enough to secure any semen from seeping through. Leave a small room for your condom at the tip so the condom doesn’t burst when you come.
ALWAYS use a condom with spermicide when having vaginal intercourse. Unprotected sex can lead to a number of diseases,
including HIV, gonnorhea, chlamydia, syphilis, etc.
ALWAYS wear a condom when performing anal sex. Tears can easily occur on the condom when performing anal, so make sure you lubricant the area well. NEVER wear two condoms, thinking you can protect yourself even more. This can most likely cause tearing in the condom.
If sex toys are involved, make sure they are clean and sanitized before AND after you use them. Bacteria build-up is common, so make sure you thoroughly wash and rise with hot water.
If you follow all the steps mentioned above, you are on your way to a safer and enjoyable sex! Please stay safe and have safe sex all the time!