What Is “High-Risk” Sexual Behavior?

You may have come across information online or in a doctor’s office that refers to “high-risk sexual behavior.” However, if you are not familiar with this term, you may not know what it entails.

In short, high-risk sexual behavior is any sexual behavior that puts a person at increased risk of getting or spreading a sexually transmitted infection (STI), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which can have a negative impact on a person’s health.

It is important to note that expressing one’s sexuality through any consensual sexual behavior is normal, and the terms “high-risk” and “risky” should not be used to shame anyone for their sexual practices. Nevertheless, the following are some sexual behaviors that may increase a person’s chances of contracting an STI, as well as ideas on how to practice the behavior in a way that can be more supportive of one’s overall health:

In conclusion, no consensual sexual behavior is inherently bad or abnormal. Nonetheless, some sexual behaviors may increase a person’s risk of getting an STI. As such, it is a good idea to take this into account and make small adjustments to support your health and well-being.


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