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How to prevent STDs while Traveling

STD increase in Thailand: How to protect yourself

Thailand, especially Bangkok, is experiencing an increase in STI diagnoses, particularly among young people. The age group of 15 to 24 years old accounts for 40% of all STI cases. While the national incidence climbed fourfold between 2013 and 2017, the reported STI rate in Bangkok increased eight times, from 11.8 cases per 100,000 people to 90 cases per 100,000.

Just keep in mind that having an STD is not necessarily something to be ashamed of. It doesn't make the person any less valuable or loved by their friends and family members—it's just a condition that they may have unfortunately caught from sexual contact!

Don’t let yourself get upset even if you're diagnosed with an STI.
There are numerous recent interventions that can help people with STDs live full lives. You are not alone in this. Some STDs can be treated, but not all of them. Even if it cannot be cured, you can still live without suffering like everyone else with the latest treatment.

On the other hand, to prevent STDs, you must take precautions. There are many ways to prevent getting STDs, and the best way is by practicing safe sex. The below facts will help you stay protected against sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).

      • Get tested for both you and your partner: Knowing your STD status will allow you to take precautions to prevent contracting STDs from others and prevent the spread of STDs to others. It is simple to identify and treat many STDs. If you or your spouse are infected, to prevent contracting the infection again, you should both take treatment at the same time.
      • Vaccination for HPV and Hepatitis B: The human papillomavirus vaccine is advised for preteens aged 11 or 12 years old and everyone up to age 26 in order to prevent cervical cancer. If you haven't received the hepatitis B vaccine yet, please do so now!
      • Reduce the number of sex partners.
      • Mutual Monogamy: That means you agree to be with only one person.
      • Use condom

In conclusion, if you engage in sexual activity, it's a good idea to get tested for STDs at least once, especially if you have had multiple partners or are MSM (men who have sex with men).


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