The Safe Sex Talk
If you’re reading this you may be wondering when is the right time to talk to your partner about safe sex. The best time to have this conversation would be before you have sex but if that isn’t you, KEEP READING because there are still some questions you need to ask. The CDC recommends that any person that is sexually active should be tested.
What Should I Ask?
The first few questions should sound like this:
- When was the last time you were tested for sexually transmitted diseases?
- Do you believe that you have had any symptoms of STDs or HIV?
- Even if you do not show any symptoms you can still carry STDs and HIV.
- Do you regularly use condoms with your sex partners?
- Have you ever shared needles with someone? This doesn’t necessarily have to be a sexual partner because sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV can be spread to partners through needles.
- Have you recently had unprotected sex within the last 3-6 months?
- Have you ever had any STDs? Which STDs have you had and did you get them properly treated?
- Do you use any medications that prevent the spread of HIV such as PrEP and PEP?
- AHF Specialists recommend PrEP should be accompanied with the use of a condom in order to reduce the risk of transmitting STDs while having sex.
Next Steps After the Talk
One thing you may realize is that you’re at risk of having an STD. If you realize that you are at risk or may have a sexually transmitted disease after talking with your partner, our AHF specialists recommend that you get tested immediately. This can be a troubling thought to wrestle with at first but you will find peace in getting tested and knowing your status.
After having this discussion with your partner the both of you may consider safer sex practices and precautions. This can include:
- Using condoms correctly and consistently. Doing so can significantly reduce the risk of HIV transmission and the transmission of other sexually transmitted diseases.
- Using dental dams. Dental dams reduce the risk of transmitting genital herpes to your partner.
- Limiting the number of sex partners
- Routinely get tested individually or as a couple every 3-6 months
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