Imagine this; things are getting heated between you and your partner/s and you are all ready to take the next step forward and engage in sexual intimacy. But before you take the big leap, you need to first consider the impacts of the intimacy and the term ‘safe sex’. Safe sex ensures you and your partner/s stay protected from sexually transmitted infections and makes the experience more enjoyable for all parties. Sexual health checks, knowledge on sexually transmitted diseases, use of PrEP, and staying protected are some steps to ensure that you have safe sex.
Safe sex is referred to as having sexual contact with your partner to prevent spread of any sexually transmitted diseases that could affect you or your partner. PrEP prescription adherence protects you from HIV but not other STI. Safe sex might not be 100 per cent effective again preventing such instances, however a checklist can be followed, which not only keeps everyone around you safe and healthy but also makes the experience enjoyable.
Let’s jump right into the checklist to explore the things you need to know about safe sex.
It is crucial to the talk with your partner about safe sex. Having a chat is key that ensures both parties are on the same page when things get hot and heavy. Talk about when to have sex, PrEP adherence and sexually transmitted infections. You can ask your partner about their recent health checks or a sexual health check for any recent STI. The use of PrEP should also be discussed.
A mutual agreement between both partners is essential before proceeding with sexual intimacy. It is good to talk not only before, but also during sex to know whether both parties are comfortable with the actions taking place. It is important to always respect change of mind or unwillingness as it is essential to always have proper consent before starting or continuing sexual intimacy.
Check for cuts or sores around the lips, near the mouth or genital areas and avoid oral sex for protection against STIs. Even a sore throat infection can pass during the act. Visiting a sexual health clinic for an STI test each year or at the start of a new relationship can help you understand your health status.
Barrier methods of using a condom with a lubricant significantly reduces the chances of acquiring an HIV infection. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is also an option for HIV negative people who are frequently on the risk of an HIV infection. Subscribe to PrEP today!