What is the best way to prevent a STD or the HIV virus while being sexually active?

Condoms. Use condoms EVERY TIME you have sex. Have them available so you won't forget. Use them correctly. Have yourself and your partner tested for STDs on a regular basis. Use another method of birth control as well if you are not interested in being a parent at this time. Condoms are good for STD protection; not so great for birth control. Get the HPV vaccine to protect you and your partner.
BestWayHighwayOfLove. The 'best' is not perfect (100%) but pretty good: spermicidal jelly plus a condom. It really helps to know and trust your partner. To know a little about their habits, their past, etc. If you are using adequate protection the chances for a complication increase with every sexual partner and even more the less you know about them. The best way to optimize sexual pleasure is to feel comfortable.

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What are the best brand of condoms to use while sexually active to prevent a high risk of pregnancy or std?

Condoms. I am happy to hear you are planning on being responsible for std and pregnancy prevention. But, there is no list of doctor recommended products. Condoms work. The choice is yours and/ or your partner's to make on the brand that works best for you. Read more...

Sexually active (unprotected) two weeks ago. Experiencing a slight fever, sore throat and vaginal discharge with no odor. Could it be HIV or an STD?

Get tested. From the information you provided, it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion. You should see a doctor to get tested. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. Read more...

Recently I've found myself very sexually active with multiple partners daily. Would taking Doxycycline daily be reasonable to prevent STD's?

Yes...and No... There are many sexually transmitted infections: Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Herpes, HIV, Hepatitis, Trichomoniasis, Human Papiloma Virus... There is some evidence that daily Doxycycline will help prevent the first 3: Gonorrhea,Chlamydia and Syphilis but not the rest. Changing your lifestyle and using condoms will help with the others. Best wishes! Read more...

Could a doctor prescribe Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) for the prevention of HIV or PrEP to a sexually active minor age 17?

Prep. Yes Of course. I would advise you to get to an appropriate doctor who is experienced with this. Here is a good place to find such a physician: http://www.glma.org. Read more...
Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) Yes, a doctor could do this. The better question is why are you having unprotected sex? Prophylaxis for HIV is not perfect by any means, and there are STDs from which you will not be protected. Be wise, be safe, not sorry. Read more...

Can you assume someone is sexually active if he he chooses to be tested for HIV (to prevent others from getting infected)?

Can't assume. You can't assume that. Your best bet is to be up front and ask. Somebody might be thinking of becoming sexually active and want to "prove" to the potential partner they are HIV negative. Of course no lab test is perfect. Somebody could be infected on day one, have a test on day 5 be HIV negative, and 4 months later be HIV positive. Read more...

Can you get an STD any other way than being sexually active? For example using a dirty bathroom or scratching yourself down there over top clothes

Nope, urban myth. Over the centuries, people have claimed to have caught STDs nonsexually -- toilet seats, shared towels, etc. But these are only face-saving excuses. A recent article in Marie Claire "warned" people about STDs from tanning beds, shared towels, etc. It's all BS; any exceptions are so rare they can and should be ignored. Avoid unprotected sex with new or unknown partners and otherwise don't worry. Read more...
Sexually transmitted. disease, by definition, is sexually transmitted. You can contract infections that can be spread by other means as well as by sexual contact. For example, you can get AIDS or hepatitis from sexual contact or from blood transfusions. You cannot get STD from dirty bathroom or scratching. Read more...

Is it possible for a person to have a STD if they have never been sexually active?

Very unlikely. I won't say it's impossible, since you could get an oral std from a simple kiss. However, this is extremely unlikely, probably accounting for a miniscule fraction of std cases. Read more...