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10 Ways to Make Safe Sex Fun

        Health | Sexuality

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Get Tested

OK, so getting testing for STDs is neither fun nor sexy, but knowing you're infection-free can go a long way to easing any anxiety you may have about sexual performance or disease transmission. Anxiety doesn't make sex fun.

Be sure to schedule regular (annual) checkups with your doctor to be sure your body is running in tip-top condition from head to toe, including your sexual and reproductive health. Women -- whether hetero- or homosexual -- should visit their gynecologists annually. Those visits should include pelvic exams and Pap smears to help detect bacterial and viral STDs so you can get treatment, if needed.

While no routine STD testing for men -- like the Pap for women -- exists, the CDC does recommend that men who have sex with men get tested annually for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. And anyone who has nonmonogamous, unprotected sex should have an annual HIV screening.


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