Could You Have a Sexually Transmitted Disease?; Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Bedroom, a Report Last Week Revealed a Huge Rise in Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Cases of Syphilis Have Doubled in a Year, and There Were over 70,000 Cases of Chlamydia. but Surely YOU Aren't at Risk? Try Our Quiz to See If It's Time to Get Yourself Checked out. by JOYCE WALTER

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Could You Have a Sexually Transmitted Disease?; Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Bedroom, a Report Last Week Revealed a Huge Rise in Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Cases of Syphilis Have Doubled in a Year, and There Were over 70,000 Cases of Chlamydia. but Surely YOU Aren't at Risk? Try Our Quiz to See If It's Time to Get Yourself Checked out. by JOYCE WALTER


Byline: JOYCE WALTER

Your love life

1. Have you ever drunk too much (or used drugs) and had sex, but you can't quite remember the details?

2. Have you ever been to the dentist or dental hygienist in the 48 hours before giving oral sex?

3. Have you had intercourse without using a condom at any time in your past?

4. Have you shared sex toys?

5. Have you experimented with bondage or spankings during sex that left marks or cuts on the skin?

6. Is it possible that your partner might be sleeping with someone else?

7. Do you think your partner could have lied about their sexual history or experiences with drugs?

8. Do you go in for back scratching while in the throes of passion?

Score: Give yourself two points for every odd-numbered question you've answered yes to and one point for every even-numbered question. If you answered yes to question 3, give yourself four points.

Results: A score of two or more puts you at risk, and the only way to be absolutely sure you're in the clear is to get checked out. If you scored above six, it's serious - go and get checked.

Even if you've had unprotected sex just once in your life you are at risk and could be carrying a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Official figures estimate that one in 10 of us have had an STD.

Drinking and drugs also lower your inhibitions and judgment. And anything which causes a break or graze in the skin or gums raises your risk of exposure to infection.

Snogging is a pretty low-risk activity, but don't kiss someone with obvious cold sores, as this can pass on the herpes virus, which can then be transferred down to the genitals.

His body

1. Have you ever trapped your penis in your fly or cut/bruised it in some way and then had unprotected sex?

2. Have you had an unusual discharge from your penis?

3. If a condom slips off, or you accidentally put it on inside out, have you ever put it back on again rather than using a new one?

4. Have you ever had sex with another man?

Score: Give yourself two points for any question you've answered yes to. Results: A score of two or more needs facing up to - you're at risk. The only way to protect both yourself and your partner against infection is by using a condom. But research shows that too many men don't get on with condoms. They find they slip off or get nicked by long fingernails, or just don't fit. If past experience with condoms has put you off, have another go with the new generation of condoms, such as Durex's Easy-on range or Mates Natural. There's such a wide range these days that you're bound to find one you like.

Her body

1. Are you trying for a baby? 2. Has your normal vaginal lubrication changed in odour or appearance?

3. Do you ever bleed or spot between periods?

4. Are you on the Pill or any other method of contraception other than a condom?

5. Do you douche or use a soap and flannel to wash inside your vagina?

Score: Give yourself three points for every even-numbered question you've answered yes to and one point for every odd-numbered question.

Results: Above two is a warning that you should think about getting checked out. Above six - get down to that clinic now, girl.

Just being female raises your risk of catching an STD. …

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