An estimated one in five travelers say they had sex with a new partner while in a foreign country. Travelers who have unprotected sex whether vaginal, anal, or oral sex are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases STDsincluding HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea.
Many STDs can occur without any signs or symptoms, so you may not realize that you or your partner is infected. While most STDs are treatable—some can cause serious health problems if left untreated.
Preventing an STD is always best. If you have sex, use a condom every time, from start to finish.
This includes vaginal, oral, or anal sex. The only sure way to prevent an STD is to not have sex, including oral sex.
However, if you are sexually active, here are other steps you can take to protect yourself:. The symptoms of STDs are different depending on the infection. When symptoms do occur, you may experience:. If you are "International sexually transmitted diseases" active, talk to your doctor about getting tested for STDs. Make sure to have an open and honest conversation with your doctor about your sexual history so he or she can determine the right STD tests for you.
Treating STDs early is important to prevent more serious and long-term complications, and prevent spreading infection to your partners. If you think you have an STD:.