Let’s face it — traditional sources of information on sexual health were not designed with the LGBTQ+ community in mind. Still to this day there are sex ed programs that don’t even acknowledge the existence of LGBTQIA and nonbinary individuals. So in honor of Pride Month we want to have a real talk about safe sex practices and sexual health.
Did you know that queer people are more likely to experience illness, STIs, and even cancer that goes untreated? Between rampant misinformation and potential for discrimination — LGBTQ+ individuals are less likely to go to the doctor both when they’re sick and for regular annual wellness visits. In fact, studies have shown that having one traumatic experience in a doctor’s office makes people three times more likely to postpone further care.
Find a Doctor You Trust
Every body is different but everybody deserves to feel comfortable and confident in the medical professionals they trust with their sexual health. Find a doctor that you can feel comfortable with and confident in because annual check-ups and preventative care are a must.
Do yourself a favor and ignore all the gross things people say about STIs. The fact is that they’re incredibly common and hold no bearing on your value as a person. However, you do need to exercise caution as untreated STIs can often lead to serious health consequences. Get tested frequently and always use protection. It’s important to note that anal sex has the highest risk of passing on STIs due to the sensitivity to injury that area so use a condom (even on toys — if you’re sharing)!
Practice Enthusiastic Consent
Is there anything sexier than someone telling you how badly they want you? Enthusiastic consent is about making your desires known to your partner and sharing in that intimacy. It’s not the only form of consent but it’s certainly our favorite. Regardless of how you do it — communication is key. Don’t be afraid to express your needs, wants, and boundaries!
Okay, we may be biased — but we love lube! It can make any sexual experience more pleasurable and in some cases it’s completely necessary. For example, your booty doesn’t make any natural lubricant of its own so lube is essential for anal. Moreover, it can help reduce the friction that causes irritation and injury and leaves you vulnerable to STI transmission. Remember to always use a water-based formula with condoms and toys!
We hope these tips can help inform your sexual health — but we’re no experts! Always do your own research so you can make well-informed decisions that are right for you.
For more information on LGBTQ+ sexual health check out these links: