This may be because fewer tests were being carried out, rather than fewer STIs being transmitted. So what does this mean? It means we need to empower our own protection in every way possible. The first step? By educating ourselves, we will become informed on which precautions and protections are best for our bodies. Although sexual intercourse is perhaps the most common way to contract an STD, there are still a few other ways in which you can contract one.
STIs: common questions and misconceptions
The Lowdown on How to Prevent STDs
STDs can spread without even having sex. If you think kissing is sweet and innocent, think again. Mononucleosis Mono is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a kissing disease. But herpes, the virus that causes cold sores, is the one you should be on the lookout for! However you classify it, oral sex can transmit diseases if the penis, vagina, or anus involved are infected.
9 Ways You Can Get an STD Without Having Sex
Sexually transmitted diseases STDs can be transmitted without sex, that is, without intercourse. Even grandma kissing you at Christmas might pass on cold sores a herpes virus. Chlymidia is a common STD and most people have never heard of it.
There are steps you can take to keep yourself and your partner s healthy. Condoms lessen the risk of infection for all STDs. You still can get certain STDs, like herpes  or HPV  , from contact with your partner's skin even when using a condom. Most people say they used a condom the first time they ever had sex,  but when asked about the last 4 weeks, less than a quarter said they used a condom every time.