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Shower before sex and remember to pee afterwards

 A woman should check if a man has a sore throat and clean fingers (Image: Shutterstock)

Sex comes with a lot of cathartic relief, emotional attachment, a dash of danger and infections-which are not necessarily from penetrative variety.

There are several diseases that men can transmit to women during intercourse and a woman needs to check whether a man is coughing before oral sex and hands are thoroughly washed and well-trimmed nails before using fingers. 

Diseases that come with a man having sore throat includes transmitting genital herpes from the virus that caused. According to Junior F. Mukudi, a health systems specialist, oral herpes caused by HSV-1 can be spread through oral sex.

Mukudi advises that partners shower before sex and urinate after to prevent urinary tract infection.

“Men can carry STI pathogens on the genital epithelium and then transmit them to sexual partners... therefore genital hygiene before and after sex is important,” explains Mukudi.

He says that sex toys should also be cleaned before and after use and use of condoms or dental dams for oral sex should be encouraged.

Sarah*, a 22-year-old college student, experienced itchiness around her genitalia after a fingering session with her boyfriend.

 “I thought the itchiness would go away but it got worse. I was given some drugs at the college dispensary and advised to ensure my boyfriend washed his hands,” she says giggling

Due to sensitivity of the vagina, women who use tampons are advised to wash hands with soap before inserting one.

Another sexually transmitted infection is the Human papillomavirus (HPV) transmitted via vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected person.

HPV can cause different types of cancers, including cervical, vulva, vaginal, penile, anal, throat as well as the base of the tongue.

While the immune system can suppress infection, some persistent HPV types can remain dormant for between 10 and 15 years before showing symptoms.

So a partner could have been infected years before meeting you and vaccination is the best way of preventing HPV.

Herpes is another disease caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and transmitted through skin-to-skin contact on the genitals, anus or mouth.

While the blisters heal within two to three weeks, the virus cannot be cured and herpes outbreaks will often reoccur.

Herpes can be prevented by using a male or female condom or dental dam during vaginal, anal or oral sex.

Once infected, one can ease the pain by keeping the affected area clean using plain or salt water. You can also apply petroleum jelly to reduce the pain when passing urine, use painkilling creams and avoid tight clothing because it may irritate the blisters and ulcers.

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