Jumping into bed and having unprotected sex with people whose sexual history you are unaware of only looks good in movies. In reality, it is a very risky business.
Sex is great and meant to be enjoyed, but it is best done safely. It would not be nice to have to struggle with an infection after a fantastic roll in the sack, would it?
This is why safe sex is necessary and should be insisted on, no matter how tempted you are to hop into bed with that gorgeous person.
Safe sex means adopting methods to reduce the risk of STIs as much as possible during sexual activities. These STIs include Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis, HIV and AIDS and Herpes.
Safe sex tips
To minimize your risk of getting these infections, here are some safe sex tips you can apply to protect yourself and your sexual partner(s):
Carry condoms around
Never be caught unprepared. If you find yourself needing a condom and there is none in sight, you may begin to ask risky questions like “What’s the worst that could happen?” Remember, having unprotected sex just once is enough to catch a nasty infection. Do not let a lack of preparation put you in the wrong position. Bring your condoms.
Have conversations about safe sex
If you plan to start having sex with someone, it is best to have a conversation beforehand. Find out what their idea of safe sex is and let them know where you stand. Always be on the same page.
Say no if you are uncomfortable.
When your intended sexual partner is not on board with what you are comfortable with, or they are not interested in safe sex, do not proceed. Do not risk your health for fun or to please them. You are in charge of your body and have the right to refuse sexual contact.
Get tested regularly
Knowing your status at every point is the responsible thing to do. Sexually active people should get tested at least once a year. Your age and number of sexual partners can also play a role in determining how often you should get checked out. The higher the number of sexual partners, the higher the risk of contracting an infection.
Avoid excessive use of drugs or alcohol
These substances can work against your better judgement and cause you to make bad decisions. When you are drunk or intoxicated, there is a possibility that you will forget about being safe while having sex.
Reduce the number of sexual partners you are involved with
Having multiple sexy partners increases your risk of getting STDs. If you are not abstaining completely, it is best to stick with one partner who has been tested and declared STD-free.
Vaccines are available to protect you against some STDs. There are vaccines for diseases like Human Papillomavirus(HPV), Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B. Speak to a doctor about how you can get vaccinated.
Sex is even more fun when it is safe. You do not want to spend thousands of naira trying to get rid of an infection because of one night of fun. Some STIs can cause long-term damage to your health. Some cannot even be completely cured, only managed with medication. Prevention is always the best plan, so you need to apply these tips in your sex life.
Speak to a doctor if you have noticed unusual, uncomfortable, or painful changes in your private region or if you suspect that you have been exposed to an STD.