Is it possible that I am at a greater risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease - Safe-sex Is it possible that I am at a greater risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease - Safe-sex
מיקום המרפאה: רחוב לוינסקי 108, בתוך התחנה המרכזית החדשה, בקומה 5 (מעל קווי אגד 4,5).
בחרו עמוד

Different sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS  can be transmitted in several forms of sexual contact – vaginal penetration, oral sex or anal sex. Therefore, essentially, everyone is at risk of becoming infected, but we can protect our health if we want to.

Are there groups in the population that are at a greater risk than others? Yes.

Why is it important to know if you are in a high-risk group? So that you know to protect your health.

How will you know if you are at greater risk of becoming infected?

Answer the following questions:

  • Are you having sex with multiple partners?
  • Do you always use a condom and do so correctly?
  • Do you not insist upon or demand safe sex?
  • Are you being, or have you ever been, sexually assaulted on a regular basis?
  • Do you have sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
  • Are you part of a marginalized group of society or do you live a lifestyle that puts you at risk of being exploited with sexual abuse and violence?
  • Are you a man who has sex with men?

If you answered "yes" to at least one of these questions, then you are at high risk. Why?

Multiple Partners

The exposure to viruses, infections and other factors that may lead to sexually transmitted diseases is greater when the number of partners increases. If you are having sex with multiple partners, you are at a high risk of becoming infected with a sexually transmitted disease or with HIV, and it is therefore recommended to get tested once every six months.

Condoms

Using a condom is the best method of protection to prevent pregnancy and prevent contracting any sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. There are, however, diseases that may be transmitted even when using a condom and thus in order to get the best protection, it is important to know the instructions for correct condom use.

Not insisting on safe sex

There are situations in which we feel that we have no power or ability to say "no" to unprotected sex. This can happen when we feel the need to please the other person and we are embarrassed to demand the use of a condom, when we are afraid we may lose our partner, or if someone is violent with us and we become paralyzed without having the ability to object. These situations expose us to sexual assault and to the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. If you find yourself in any of these situations, contact the sex clinic of the Department of Health or the appropriate doctors in the community, share what is happening to you, and ask for help so that you do not have to deal with it alone.

Victims of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is any sexual conduct or act that is forced upon a woman, man or child without consent. Exposure to sexual violence may lead to a breakdown, emotional and personal consequences, and infection with a sexually transmitted disease or HIV.

Influence of Drugs and Alcohol

Drugs and alcohol are a significant factor for dangerous sexual behavior. Drugs and alcohol affect our judgment, cause us to do things that we would not normally do, and also cause physical side effects that put us in danger. Alcohol, for example, expands the blood vessels in the body thus increasing the chances of bruising and bleeding when having sex, which in turn increases the chances of transmitting and contracting sexually transmitted diseases and HIV for both people – the penetrator and the individual being penetrated. Anyone who is under the influence of drugs and alcohol can easily be extorted and exploited, among other things of sexual nature.  

Living in a marginalized group of society

People, who as a result of problems at home, drug addiction, sexual assault, incest, etc. find themselves in hardship and may engage in dangerous sexual conduct: multiple sex partners, unprotected sex, prostitution, etc. These individuals suffer from stigmas and preconceived notions that prevent them from receiving the necessary medical treatment.

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