Being sexually active is a choice, but paying attention to your sexual health is a must. Knowing your partner’s sexual history and health risk should no longer be taboo, especially since protections, information sources and doctors are available widely to help protecting people from Sexually Transmitted Disease. Whether you start a brand new relationship, or moving to a new partner after the previous one, make sure you and your partners understand each other about being aware of STD risks.
Questions to Ask to Partner about Sexual Health
When you are about to start sexual relationship, you and your partners must ask each other important questions, such as:
- Do you use protection? Are you committed to do safe sex?
Some people perhaps like taking risks by doing sex without protection. However, do not get tempted to do this. Many STDs spread even after one time sexual act, so and your sexual partner must agree on using safe sex before committing into sexual relationship.
- Are you in relationship with other people?
If you do non-monogamous sexual relationship, you must know your partner’s sexual history, including his or her current sexual relationship with other person, if any. Knowing about all your partner’s sexual history is an old but effective tip in protecting yourself against STDs. Generally, the fewer one’s sexual partners are, the better, although this is not always the case.
- Have you been tested for HIV and other STDs?
Getting sexual health screening is one of the most recommended sexual health tips, and the more regular you do it, the better. It is no longer viewed as taboo, and even necessary for couples who are about to get married. STD test is usually not given automatically as a part of annual health screening, so you need to ask. Meanwhile, the US CDC requires doctors to give HIV test as a part of general health screening, although free, anonymous test is available at many health facilities.
- What kind of protection products you use?
Even if your partner uses protections for sex, they may use different products that your body disagrees with. For example, your new partner may use condom or lubricants that make allergic reactions to your body. Make sure you know what products each of you use, and adjust if one of you is allergic to certain products.
Being aware of your partner’s sexual history is no longer considered taboo. There are more and more people nowadays who are not shy away from paying detailed attention to sexual health aspects before they move into a relationship.
Good Sexual Habit to Avoid STDs
While being aware of your partner’s sexual history, you must also commit good sexual habit to protect yourself from STD risk. Do annual STD test, including HIV, to make sure that you have no problem (and can get immediate treatment if doctor detects a problem). Always prepare protections such as condom, female condom, or other products that you feel comfortable with, because you are the one responsible for your own health. Even if you are sexually active, remember that being selective discerning is always better for your sexual health and history.