INTRODUCTION To Safer Sex
Information and advice provided on our website is universal and non-judgmental – ie. it can apply to anyone regardless of sexual orientation.
Information and advice is offered on the basis that no-one can really tell, by looking at another person, whether or not they have a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI).
•Not all Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) have instant signs or symptoms.
•Catching a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) can adversely affect fertility and can be life-threatening.
•Discovering that you have a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) can ruin the good thing you had when your regular partner realises they’ve been cheated, deceived and their health put at risk.
Doctors, nurses, dentists and surgeons take universal precautions – ie. they wear latex gloves, masks etc. – to protect themselves. They treat all patients the same – ie. as if there’s a risk of infection.
•Assume that the same unknown risk is present when you have sex.
•It’s sensible to protect yourself from contact with the blood or body fluids of another person.
Ideal, if somewhat unromantic, steps to take before embarking on a sexual relationship would be to:
•Confirm your partner’s sexual health wellbeing by each taking a test at a GUM or similar clinic dealing with sexual health issues, re-test after 3 months, if necessary.
•Use a condom properly and routinely BUT remember that even the best condoms can fail.
•Remain faithful. Being unfaithful includes casual sex with male or female sex workers (prostitutes), casual gay or bisexual sex, having several regular partners or being involved in group sex (orgy/swinging) without your partner’s knowledge.
Otherwise, you are at risk from the hundreds of millions of Hepatitis and HIV positive individuals and others with major or minor Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) throughout the world, who continue to have unprotected sex.
So, better to be safe than take unnecessary risks.
You only have one life… Protect it.
Practise safER sex !