Asking potential sexual partners questions about their sexual history may seem like an awkward conversation to have but it is a safe, smart thing to do. It might be tempting to ignore that process and dive right into bed, but you must put your health first before an orgasm.
Knowing your partner’s history will help you decide how best to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections and even help decide on a contraceptive method.
Here are five crucial questions to ask your partner before getting in bed with them
When was the last time you were tested for HIV and other S.T.I.s?
Sexually Transmitted Infections are prevalent, and many do not have noticeable symptoms. A person could have an STI and be completely unaware. This is why it is crucial to get tested regularly. Ask your partner how regularly they get tested for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, and all other S.T.D.s. You should know your HIV status and that of your potential sexual partner before having sex.
Have you ever had an STI?
If a partner has tested positive for any STI in the past, it is essential that you, as their potential sexual partner, should know. You should also request more details, such as the nature of the infection, how long ago it occurred, whether they got treated correctly or not, and if they still experience any lingering symptoms. You can also request that they get tested again just to put your mind at ease.
How many sexual partners have you had since your last STD and HIV test?
If your potential sexual partner has had sex, especially unprotected sex, since the last time they were tested, it is a good idea for them to get tested for S.T.D.s again. Constantly get tested before beginning a new sexual relationship.
What does safe sex mean to you?
People who practice safe sex all the time are less likely to contract an S.T.I. Safe sex includes the use of condoms and dental dams and may also involve the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis(PrEP), a medication that prevents HIV infection. Know your partner’s stand on safe sex and discuss what methods you will adopt to protect yourselves in your relationship.
Do you have other sexual partners?
Having multiple sexual partners increases your risk of getting S.T.I.s. If your relationship with your partner is not monogamous, both parties must be fully aware. This will help you both take proper measures to protect yourselves.
These sexual history questions for couples will help avoid unfortunate infections and diseases in your relationship. Encourage your partner to be honest and forthcoming with information about their sexual lives and together, you can devise a plan to keep yourselves and each other safe. Schedule an appointment with a doctor if you have concerns about your sexual health and form a habit of getting tested for STIs regularly.