It is widely believed that as long as you are in a monogamous relationship and neither of you have a sexually transmitted infection or disease, having sex is safe. It is also believed that condoms can protect you from most diseases. However, healthcare professionals have concluded that the only way to be completely safe is to not have sex at all, as all forms of sex carry some risk. Diseases can even be spread through kissing. This may be alarming to hear, but there are some steps to having safer sex which I will highlight below.
- Avoid having sex with someone you are not exclusively intimate with. This is the most effective way of reducing your exposure to sexually transmitted infections and diseases, but not everyone is into monogamy, so if you are polyamorous, read on for other ways to practise safer sex.
- Before having sexual relations with someone new, make sure to have a mature discussion about past sexual partners, history of STIs and use of drugs. Even better would be to get tested together. This is easier now more than ever and can be done discreetly with tests being delivered to your home. For Chlamydia Testing Kits London, I recommend using the Checkurself Home STI Kits. It is a quick, discreet and efficient service that can put both you and your potential partner’s minds at ease.
- Lastly, make sure to use a condom every time you have sex whether it is a male or female one. If someone is against using it, you may want to question whether you really want to be with that person if they won’t respect your need to look after your sexual health and well-being.