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If you get an STD, you’re more likely to get HIV than someone who is STD-free. Getting or giving STDs increases the risk of getting HIV.
Your behaviors and condom use can raise or lower your risk for STDs and HIV. Not having vaginal, anal, or oral sex is the most effective way to prevent these diseases.
If you are sexually active, however, you can lower your risk for getting STDs and HIV by:
  • Choosing one partner and agreeing to be sexually active only with each other. It is still important that you and your partner get tested for STDs and HIV and share your test results with one another before having sex;
  • Limiting the number of people you have sex with if you have more than one partner;
  • Using latex condoms and dental dams the right way every time you have sex.
  • Abstinence: The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have sex (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral).