Annika Murfitt, our resident sexual health expert shares her top five tips on how to practise safe sex.
DON’T BE NERVOUS ABOUT YOUR SEXUAL HEALTH SCREEN
Don't be worried if you have never had a Sexual Health Screen. If however, you're sexually active, haven't always used protection or have any concerns you might have an STI, its a good idea to get tested. You can do this via your GP or local sexual health clinic. There's no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed. We have seen it all before. We are not there to judge you, just help you.
CHECK THAT YOUR PARTNER HAS BEEN TESTED
You shouldn't feel embarrassed about talking to your partner about your last sexual health screen. It's great to get tested regularly and at the start of any new relationship. Why not suggest getting tested together? It demonstrates real trust in each other, and can be a great bonding experience.
YOU CAN BOOK YOUR HEALTH SCREENING ONLINE
You can easily book your sexual health screen online, at https://www.zesty.co.uk/. It's quick and easy and great to use on the move. Just click on what type of appointment you want and where.
YOU CAN GET A FREE AT HOME TEST KITS
If you are too busy to attend an appointment in person, you can get a free test kit to do at home from https://www.shl.uk/. Simply order your test, send it back and get the results back via a text in (Annika to include details on how long they need to wait).
Always use protection
Condoms are the best method to protect against STIs, and most sexual health clinics give condoms out at reception for free. There are lots of different types and varieties on the market so spend time finding the right fit, the right size and latex free options if you have allergies. You can find a selection of different at The Freedoms Shop - https://www.freedoms-shop.com/.