We are all accountable for our own and each other’s health as community members. As the epidemic has shown, simple things like wearing a mask in public and being vaccinated can help reduce health risks for people around us and ourselves. Regarding sexual health, the stigma surrounding the subject makes it difficult to obtain correct information about how to care for ourselves sexually. We’ve put together a list of sex safety tips that you may apply for yourself and your community. Start talking, educating, and enabling good healthcare practices to break down stigma, so keep reading to discover more!
Get tested frequently and regularly.
STIs are usually asymptomatic, so you won’t know you have them until you get tested often. Testing every three months keeps you informed and healthy, but it also keeps your partner(s) informed and healthy. Allowing large-scale remote testing with Ash is one method to lower the hurdles. Have in touch with us, and we’ll get you set up in no time.
Make use of barriers.
Condoms aren’t the only barrier that can make sex more secure. Other options for preventing pregnancy and STIs include female condoms, dental dams, and spermicide. They are essential not just for anal and vaginal sex but also for oral sex!
You are brushing your teeth right before or after oral sex is not good.
Brushing your teeth can cause gum inflammation or minor cuts, which might expose you to STIs. If you need to freshen up, use mouthwash instead.
If you intend to engage in anal play, clean your vaginal/oral area first.
To minimise STI spread between the different places, switch out your barrier method and clean the areas on contact before transitioning from anal to vaginal/oral intercourse.
Lubricant aids in reducing friction and preventing harm during sex, and it also keeps barrier materials and the skin from ripping. Use lubrication to have not only safer sex but also more enjoyable sex!
Inform your sexual partners about your STI status and testing.
It’s crucial to communicate! Discuss your sexual partner’s STI status, the last time they were tested, and your regular sex safe measures with them.
Toys for clean sex
It’s critical to clean your sex toys whether you’re using them for masturbation or intercourse. Switching between orifices, partners, and at the end of each use are examples of this. To prevent STI transmission and promote hygiene, most toys can be properly washed with soap and warm water.
Participate in activities that do not require intimate contact with others.
Solo masturbation, mutual masturbation, chatting nasty, and phone sex is excellent low-risk sexual activities.
Be informed of your choices in the event of a mishap.
If a condom breaks or something else goes wrong, know that methods are available to help prevent pregnancy and HIV/STIs. Plan B, an emergency contraceptive, can help you avoid getting pregnant. If you fear being exposed to HIV, PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a treatment option that uses medicine that can prevent infection within 72 hours after exposure.