Practicing safer sex means protecting yourself and others from sexually transmitted infections and HIV infection by taking the necessary precautions during sex and foreplay. You can have healthy, safe sex by controlling and managing your sex life in a way that fulfills both you and your partner.
A healthy sex life can mean a variety of things. The most important thing to remember is that it's your sex life we are talking about; that means finding out what makes you comfortable, and what works for you. What this is may vary over time and it can depend on many things.
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.
WHAT IS SAFER SEX?
Here is a list of a few things that can help you manage your sex life:
Get regular check ups
Keep up-to-date on sexual health matters
Take action if you notice anything out of the ordinary
Get help with any sexual problems
Talk to your partner
Find out where your nearest sexual health clinic (GUM) is located
Your sex life is going to change as time passes, just as other aspects of your life do; a bit of thought means that your sex life can contribute to the rest of your life rather than detract from it.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
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.