We all know that safer sex is a must and that STD testing is an important part of sexual health. However, many people postpone STD testing and sexual health discussions with their partners, largely because they are too embarrassed or nervous to broach such a topic. Yet, by doing so, couples play Russian roulette with their own sexual health and they put themselves at risk for STDs and the damaging (and sometimes life-threatening) symptoms which accompany them.
Here are some tips that can make the process a little easier for you and your partner:
Don’t wait until it is too late. STD testing can be an awkward topic, but waiting until you are already undressed will only make it twice as awkward. Take the bull by the horns and address the topic before you have sex, preferably at a neutral time and place where you can both talk openly. Say something like, “I feel like this is really going somewhere and I am excited to take things to the next level. However, before we do, I think we should talk about safer sex a little bit.”
Share your history. When discussing your past, you don’t need to go into vivid details like “I once had a threesome” or “I am part of the Mile High Club.” Instead, be honest and open about your sexual past as it pertains to your health and STD history. If you’ve had an STD (or if you have an incurable STD like herpes or HPV), be upfront about your status. You can then do some research as a couple or talk to one of our doctors or care advisors (855.SEX.HEALTH or 855.739.4325) to find out ways to make sure that you both stay safe sexually.
Get tested together. If you haven’t been tested in a while, or if your partner hasn’t, make a commitment to get tested together. Doing it as a couple will make it less nerve-wracking, and as part of our commitment to safer sex, we are offering couples $50 off their STD testing. Saving money and staying healthy? A win-win!