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Staying Sexually Safe this Sexual Health Week

It’s Sexual Health Week, and here at LOVE NOT WAR we want to make sure everyone is not only enjoying their sex lives but that they are also being safe.

It’s important to remember that safe sex isn't just about preventing unintended pregnancies or STI’s; it's about creating a safe space where you and your partner(s) can fully enjoy and express yourself and feel safe and protected. 

First thing’s first - What is Sexual Health Week?

Sexual Health Week is an annual event that encourages open discussions about sexual health, aiming to promote awareness, education, and responsible choices. In a world where sexual freedom and exploration are celebrated, it's crucial to prioritize sexual safety. Sexual Health Week also highlights the importance of your sexual health by reminding folk to have regular check ups, testing for HIV and sexually transmitted infections, along with raising awareness for issues related to healthy relationships. 

Talking about sex can still often be stigmatised, so it’s important to try to break down these barriers and start conversations around keeping safe sexually.

How can I make sure I’m being sexually safe?

Open communication 

Effective and open communication with your sexual partner(s) is essential. Make sure to discuss boundaries, ask for consent and raise any concerns you may have before entering into a new sexual relationship. It’s so important to ensure everyone involved feels comfortable and is on the same page. This is the same if you’re planning to incorporate a new aspect of your sexual relationship such as introducing a sex toy or enjoying mutual masturbation. Having open communication is a continuous ongoing progress and not just a one off thing.

Protection

When engaging in sexual activity, it’s important to remember that all types of sexual activity can carry the risk of sexually transmitted infections or unintended pregnancy, so make sure to use appropriate protection.

If you’re looking for guidance on birth control, protection or general sexual health, there are lots of free resources online, including SH:24 in the UK, and The Porn Conversation in the US. 

 

Get tested regularly

It’s good practice to get tested on a regular basis, particularly after spending time with a new partner. It’s important to know your STI status, especially as many STIs can remain asymptomatic, so testing is the only way to know for sure that you’re in the clear.

Know your partner(s)

Make sure to be cautious with new sexual partners and take some time to get to know them and their sexual history. Always trust your instincts and prioritise your safety when it comes to sexual relationships. It is also important to get to know yourself, and find out what you enjoy, so that you can communicate this with your partner. 

Consent

Consent is ongoing and isn’t always a given, even if you’re in a monogamous relationship with someone. It’s important to make sure that everyone involved is open and willing to participate. Make sure to check in with your partner(s) throughout to ensure they’re happy.

Educate yourself

Educating yourself further about sexual health and wellbeing is worth spending some time on. This can ensure you’re fully aware of the risks associated with sexual activities, so you make informed decisions when it comes to sex.

Remember to have fun! 

While the topics of sexual health, communication and consent are really important. Sex is also meant to be really fun and enjoyable. No matter whether you’re indulging in some self love or having fun with a partner, remember to prioritise your comfort and pleasure at all times. Check out some of our LOVE NOT WAR products to enjoy!

Remember that safe sex isn’t just about physical safety, it’s about emotional well-being. Make sure that any sexual activity you’re engaging in is consensual from all parties and complement your own sexual desires.

 

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