Safe sexual health tips to know these holidays
I’ve spoken about prevention methods in the past, but this is just to refresh your memory and remind you to be extra cautious during the holidays.
If you are planning to go out and have fun, avoid drinking too much. You want to be in total control of your mind and your decisions, so try not to drink to a point where you are unable to control your actions. You should also stay away from other drugs as they may also affect your ability to control yourself.
Getting drunk to the point of passing out can also make you a target for sexual predators as they may think you will be easy to overpower, and you might not be able to escape risky situations if you are not 100% alert. We live in a scary world, Choma, so for your own safety, be very careful when it comes to alcohol.
Your sexual health is your responsibility, so don’t take any risks by allowing yourself to be in the heat of the moment with your sexual partner, with no condoms. Make sure you always carry protection.
Talk to your partner about sexual health
In some cases, people with STIs have no symptoms. It is also possible for a person to have an STI with no symptoms and then pass it on to others without knowing it. Communicate openly with your partner about getting tested and make sure that you use condoms every time you have sex.
Don’t be afraid to say NO
If you are not ready to have sex with someone, or if they are trying to convince you to have unprotected sex, then you have the right to say ‘no’. Don’t be afraid to refuse something, even if everyone is doing it.
STI’s can be prevented. Make sure you have safe sex, avoid having multiple sexual partners and be cautious with alcohol use, especially during the festive season.
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