Top ways to have safer sex
There are many people who are wondering if it is safe to have sex during the current pandemic situation? The answer is really, it depends. Any physical interactions with new people during these times could be potentially risky. However, if you are looking to meet someone new, then this might be a good opportunity to date online. By date online we mean spending time to get to know each other virtually. It can be just as fun and a great way to connect with your match! Set up a time, dress up, pick a virtual activity you want to do together and make the effort to really get to know the person. Spend that time to communicate with your date. Be yourself. It’s okay to set a start and end time for virtual dates to avoid the awkwardness of first dates. If things work well, you can always set-up the second one.
After restrictions are eased
These times are unexpected, but hopefully they will pass, hopefully sooner than later. Once you have the all clear from your local/state guidelines and are both comfortable to be able to meet in real life, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Remember ‘safety first’ is always a precaution worth taking. No, we don’t mean putting on your seatbelt, we mean making sure you are minimizing the risk of catching or spreading a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) by protecting yourself and your partner(s). And what’s more, when you feel comfortable and safer during sex, chances are you can find it easier to relax and enjoy. Here are some quick tips to have safer sex. If you have more questions, do contact your local health care practitioner about this.
Use a condom
Seems obvious, right? Especially when the number of STIs is on the rise (1). A lot of people blame condoms interrupting the moment, not being big enough, or not feeling right, but the truth is they come in all different assortments: different sizes XL, different thicknesses’, different flavors, so you can try different types to find one that works for you and your partner. So, there’s not really an excuse for not using one. They even come in portable, cheaper packs for you to slip in your pocket or purse now too!
Get tested regularly
While it might sound scary, getting yourself tested at a sexual health clinic is a great way to stay on top of your health, and doesn’t have to be a big deal . We all want to be responsible and to be with responsible people, so its a win-win to get tested.
Don’t forget to have a conversation with your partner(s) about their sexual health too, so you can all make well-informed decisions.
Don’t forget oral sex
It’s time we were all more vocal about oral sex because we can contract STIs from giving or receiving oral sex . Giving oral sex when your partner has a condom on can help ensure all parties stay safe and condoms are available in some nice flavors too (who doesn’t love strawberry?!?), so you can get extra enjoyment when using one. Or, some people use dental dams to protect themselves. A dental dam is a thin sheet of latex used during oral sex. It acts as a barrier and can feel pretty sexy if used in the right way.
1) World Health Organisation (2019) https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/sexually-transmitted-infections-(stis)