The Alternative A-to-Z of Sex: Testing

I would hope that you already know to carry condoms. Unless you and your partner(s) have been recently tested and have a clean bill of sexual health, by far the safest way to have sex is to rubber up before getting down to business. If you haven’t been tested, have you considered it? Visiting a genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinic is a simple route to the safest sex you’ll ever have. You can get tested for STIs, get advice and also get free condoms! Everything is discussed in confidence, you don’t have to use your real name, and the doctors there won’t even tell your GP so there is no need to be embarrassed about anything. What’s stopping you? Unless you’re 100% monogamous and are sure your partner is too, you shouldn’t be waiting to get tested when you think you’ve got something – you should be doing it regularly to prove to yourself and others that you haven’t. Surely taking a morning off work to get everything checked out is a small price to pay?

This was adapted from a piece I wrote last year for BitchBuzz, because I can’t think of a better way to say it!

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