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What are the health risks of having unsafe sex?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
There are risks associated with sexual behavior. With the increase in divorce rates, the relaxation of social roles, an increase in sexual freedoms, and changes in gender expectations, more and more of us have chosen and will choose to have sex with more than one person over our lifetime. However, having multiple partners or not practicing safe sex puts us at increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Some STDs are life-threatening -- acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), for example. Others are less deadly or do not cause immediately identifiable symptoms but nevertheless have long-term health consequences. Exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV), for example, while causing no problems in the short run, increases the risk of cervical cancer later in life. Learning how to have fun while being safe is the key to getting the most out of your sex life.
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