Multiple sex partners: Together We Stand, Divided We Fall
According to AVERT, an international organization dealing in the fight against HIV/AIDS outlines points to note when sexually active.
- Unprotected vaginal or anal sex puts you at risk of contracting HIV and other STIs.
- During unprotected sex, HIV can be transmitted via bodily fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal
- Fluid, pre-cum or anal mucus.
- There is a higher risk of HIV infection during anal sex because the lining of the anus is more delicate than the lining of the vagina. It is more easily damaged, providing entry points for HIV.
- The risk of HIV transmission during unprotected oral sex is very low, but there is a risk of STIs.
- Using condoms is the most effective way to prevent the transmission of HIV and STIs.
- People living with HIV are more likely to pass the virus on to others in the first few months after infection as there are high levels of the virus in their bodily fluids at this point.
Dr Jireh, a sexologist joins her voice in calling on the youths to prioritise their health at all times. It is important to always take precautions whether you have multiple partners or not. According to her, people choosing to have multiple sex partners may be because of emotional or physiological factors related to risky behavior such as alcohol abuse or the use of illicit drugs. “Having multiple partners obviously increases your chances of contracting any Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), a lot of which there are no cures for. So be careful because consequences are felt individually.
BY DESMOND MBUA