I Risk Assessment OF Sexually transmitted infections STIs

I Risk Assessment OF Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

To identify your risk factors for STIs, read the following list of statements and mark whether they’re true or false for you. Note: The statements in this assessment are worded in a way that assumes current sexual activity. If you have never been sexually active, you are not now at risk for STIs. Respond to the statements in the quiz based on how you realistically believe you would act. If you are currently in a mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner or are not currently sexually active (but have been in the past), you are at low risk for STIs at this time. Respond to the statements in the quiz according to your attitudes and past behaviors. (For more on your risk factors for STIs, take the online assessment available at www.thebody.com.)

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True False

I have only one sex partner.

I always use a latex condom for each act of intercourse, even if I am fairly certain my partner has no infections.

I do not use oil-based lubricants with condoms.

I discuss STIs and prevention with new partners before having sex.

I do not use alcohol or another mood-altering drug in sexual situations.

I would tell my partner if I thought I had been exposed to an STI.

I am familiar with the signs and symptoms of STIs.

I regularly perform genital self-examination to check for signs and symptoms of STIs.

When I notice any sign or symptom of any STI, I consult my physician immediately.

I have been tested for HIV or plan to be tested at my next routine medical exam.

I obtain screenings for STIs regularly. In addition (if female), I obtain yearly pelvic exams and Pap tests.

I have been vaccinated for hepatitis B. In addition (if female), I have been vaccinated or plan to be vaccinated for HPV. When diagnosed with an STI, I inform all recent partners.

When I have a sign or symptom of an STI that goes away on its own, I still consult my physician.

I do not use drugs prescribed for friends or partners or left over from other illnesses to treat STIs.

I do not share syringes or needles to inject drugs.

Using Your Results

How did you score? False responses indicate attitudes and behaviors that may put you at risk for contracting STIs or for suffering serious medical consequences from them. How many false responses did you give? Are you satisfied that you’re doing everything you can to protect yourself from STIs?

What should you do next? Any false response indicates a factor that you could change to reduce your risk for STIs. Choose one as the focus of a behavior change program.

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