by Dr. Rachael Ross
Because March has a day dedicated completely to girls and ladies getting tested for HIV, it’s a perfect time to chat about safer sex and why it’s so important to know both you and your partner’s HIV status. Below are some basic dating/intimacy rules that I not only teach, but I also live by.
Life is too short to get blindsided by something so preventable. So take notes and share with your loved-ones, because we are all in this together!
There’s no such thing as safe sex because any sexual contact with another person carries certain risk, but there is such a thing as safer sex.
Safer sex is being in a trusted monogamous and committed relationship with someone whom you know does not have HIV or an alternate STD (you two have tested together on two separate occasions since the commitment at least three months apart), and using condoms consistently and correctly in all sexual settings where the above conditions haven’t been met.
Practicing safer sex can actually be fun and sexy. What is sexier than knowing that no matter how wild things get, that you have protected yourself? All it takes is a little preparation, planning, and an active imagination.
Visit Jet Magazine for a few tips that will help you practice safer sex without sucking the fun right out of it.