Having a healthy sex life
Practicing safer sex means protecting yourself and others from sexually transmitted infections and HIV infection by taking the required precautions throughout sex and foreplay. You can have healthy, safe sex by controlling and managing your sex life in an approach that fulfills both you and your partner. Your sex life may sometimes be busy whilst at other times it may become less of a priority, but either way you can still have a healthy sex life.
If you go to your local GUM (Genitourinary Medicine) clinic you can get a regular free checkup for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. You might be able to get this from your local or family doctor (GP) but GUM clinics will protect your confidentiality. Your GP may tell people about your appointment. Having regular check ups means that you’ll have a clear picture of your sexual health, so not only will you be able to put your mind at ease, but you’ll be in a better position to talk to your partners about the types of sex you want and the possible risks involved. Keeping up-to-date. It’s important to keep up-to-date on sexual matters. After all, things do change: while some issues might be less of a worry now than they were in the past, you should be aware of any new infections and how they may affect your sex life. You can get this information from Trade or through your nearest GUM clinic.
If you notice anything unusual about your sexual health, get it checked. Most STIs can be cured with no lasting effect on your health if they are dealt with early enough, and if you follow the medication course and instructions.
Communication with your partner or partners is vital. What kind of safer sex measure would you prefer? What type would your partner rather take? You can also contact Trade to have a confidential chat about any concerns you may have.
Reducing the risk
There are many ways that you can reduce the risk of infection to a level that makes you feel more comfortable and you can find out more by visiting our other pages on sexual health.
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