Want to Stay Safe? Protect Yourself from STDs

Navigating through the wild waves of intimate connections, we've all heard the echoing "Safety First!" But let's face it when sparks fly, caution sometimes takes a backseat. Well, buckle up because we're diving into the essential intel on protecting yourself from those pesky intruders known as STDs. Because, let’s be real, nobody wants their private parties crashed by uninvited microscopic guests

The Uninvited Guests - Understanding STDs

STDs, those stealthy gatecrashers, spread through intimate contact, leaving more than just a bad memory behind. Did you know over 30 different pesky pathogens are out there, ready to tango without your consent? From bacteria to viruses, they can lead to complications that are no party. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates a staggering 357 million new infections each year from just four types: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.

Recognizing the Signs - Symptoms of Common STDs

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Some STDs shout their presence with blisters or discomfort, while others whisper silently, causing no symptoms at all. The silence isn't golden here; it can lead to long-term health issues or even infertility. So, if you notice any unusual signs, or better yet, even if you don't, get tested. It's the adult thing to do.

The Defense Game Plan - Effective Protection Strategies

Let's huddle and chalk out the undefeated plays to keep those STDs off your field:

  • Condom Commandment: The golden rule of intimate encounters. They’re the MVPs in the league of protection – against both pregnancy and STDs.

  • Open Conversations: Talk it out before you, well, make out. An honest chat about sexual health with your partner is your defense against future headaches.

  • Vaccinate and Celebrate: Roll up that sleeve for vaccines against HPV and hepatitis B – it's a shot worth taking.

Testing 1, 2, 3: Regular screenings are your backstage pass to peace of mind. And remember, sharing is caring, so make sure your partner's in the know, too.

When Prevention Slips - What Next?

Oops, did the condom break? Or maybe, in the heat of the moment, you forgot it altogether? No need to panic just yet. If you're quick on the draw, there's a backup plan to keep STDs at bay. There's PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis) like B doxy-PEP - your post-game defensive play for potential STD prevention and PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) if you're often in risky situations. And if you've got a positive test, treatments can send those STDs packing.

The Power of Knowledge - Staying Informed

The strongest weapon in your arsenal is knowledge. Arm yourself by staying informed about STDs and their prevention. And remember, it’s not just about you. By protecting yourself, you're also a guardian angel for your partner's health.

Closing Thoughts…

Now, don't mistake B doxy-PEP for a free pass to skip the safety dance. It's an emergency measure, not a regular player in your protective lineup. Still, it's comforting to know that if things go off-script, you've got a safety net.

Alright, team, that's the lowdown on keeping those intimate moments stress-free. With the right protection strategies, regular health checks, and open conversations, you can keep the party going safely. So go forth with confidence, responsibility, and a stash of B condoms  – because when it comes to STDs, it's better to be safe than sorry. Here's to enjoying the ride, responsibly!


What is B Brand?

B Brand is a telehealth company focused on delivering premium quality sexual health products, paired with education and resources to help people make informed decisions. We are your one-stop destination for all your intimate health needs.

How do B Brand consultations work?

To complete a B Brand consultation, all you need to do is answer our quick online medical questions. Your answers are then reviewed by our US medical team, who will decide if you are eligible for treatment, and which medication is best for you.

What is doxy-PEP?

Doxy-PEP means taking the antibiotic doxycycline after sex, to prevent getting an STI. It is like a morning-after pill but for STIs. Taking doxy-PEP reduces your chance of acquiring syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia by about two-thirds.

When should I take doxy-PEP?

Two 100 mg pills of doxycycline should be taken ideally within 24 hours but no later than 72 hours after condomless sex. Condomless sex means oral, anal or vaginal/front-hole sex where a condom isn’t used for the entire time.

What about when I have sex again?

If you have sex again within 24 hours of taking doxycycline, take another dose 24 hours after your last dose. You can take doxycycline as often as every day when you are having condomless sex but don’t take more than 200 mg (two 100 mg pills) every 24 hours.

How should I take doxy-PEP?

• Take doxycycline with plenty of water or something else to drink so that it does not get stuck when you swallow. If your stomach is upset by doxycycline, taking it with food may help.

• Some people are more sensitive to the sun when they take doxycycline, so wear sunscreen.

• Please do not share doxycycline with others.

• Avoid dairy products, calcium, antacids, or multivitamins 2 hours before after taking doxycycline

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