Even though the majority of men with cystic fibrosis are infertile, they are just as likely to give or get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) as those in the general population. Women with CF are fertile and also just as likely to give or get an STI, so contraception for both men and women with CF is important.
Taking the proper steps to protect yourself from STIs and other germs passed through sexual intercourse is crucial to protecting your overall health. Although practicing common infection prevention and control measures such as avoiding physical intimacy during times when you or your partner is sick can help protect you from some germs, using proper barrier methods such as condoms is essential when it comes to preventing STIs, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Learn more about preventing STIs, including reducing risk and key questions to consider, on the American Sexual Health Association website.