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Feb 15, 2022

There are a million people globally who get diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections each daily. With a new strain of HIV looming around, which is suspected to be more infectious and more lethal than the previous variant now is the time to get back to the basics of safe sex.

Here are the basics of safe sex:

Know your status - Regularly get tested, know your status and the status of your partner.

  1. Use a condom whenever you have sex - Whether a male or female latex or polyurethane condom.
  2. Stick to having one sexual partner - Having one sexual partner puts you at less risk of catching an STI.
  3. Be aware of your body - Be on the look out for blisters and sores on you body or your partners bodies.
  4. Avoid High risk sex - Avoid having sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it increases the chances.

Know your Status!

Visit any Dis-Chem, Clicks, Van Heerden, or Alpha Pharm, or Sparkport Pharmacy and get tested. Protect yourself, you won’t regret it.

References
Better health. (n.d.). safe sex. Retrieved from better health: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/safe-sex
Healthline. (2022). New HIV Variant Discovered: May be More Infectious and Severe. Retrieved from Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/new-hiv-variant-discovered-may-be-more-infectious-and-severe#New-HIV-variant-causes-illness-twice-as-fast
hopkinsmedicine. (n.d.). Safer Sex Guidelines. Retrieved from hopkinsmedicine: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/safer-sex-guidelines#:~:text=Guidelines%20for%20safer%20sex&text=First%2C%20discuss%20past%20partners%2C%20history,condoms%20are%20made%20of%20polyurethane.

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