Safe sex is about:
- preventing sexually transmissible infections (STIs)
- avoiding unintended pregnancy
- staying emotionally healthy
Sexual Health Checks
A sexual health check is a check-up by a doctor, nurse or other health worker with a focus on sexual health. You do not need to be experiencing symptoms to have a check-up. There are a number of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) which often cause no symptoms (eg. Chlamydia).
Contact Tracing for Adults
Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have been in contact with a person who has an infectious disease and ensuring these contacts are aware of their exposure and options for follow-up. Partner notification is more specifically targeted at particular people who may have been in direct contact with a person with a communicable disease.
If you have unprotected sex, you may be at risk of a sexually transmitted infection. Some infections do not cause any symptoms so regular screening is necessary to avoid long terms problems such as infertility. It also means you can prevent passing infections onto your sexual partners. Screening is easy and often involves a simple urine test and blood test.
BBV blood borne viruses are viruses present in the blood of an infected person. They can be transferred through sexual activity for example Hepatitis B and HIV. Using condoms every time you have sex is the best way to reduce transmission of BBV and other STI's.