Safer Sex

Riding in a car is never 100% safe. Neither is eating a sandwich. That doesn’t mean we should never do these things. It does mean we should consider taking common-sense precautions, like wearing a seatbelt, not riding with a driver who’s been drinking, not eating baloney that’s past its expiry date, and not swallowing our food too quickly while running with scissors.

Sex with another person is never 100% safe either. That doesn’t mean we should never do it. It does mean we should consider taking some precautions. But what exactly are we trying to prevent? Are some precautions more effective than others? How do we talk about safer sex or contraception (birth control) with our partners? How do we talk about it with the people who support us? Where can we get information about this stuff? Where can we get supplies?

Oh yeah – one last thing – masturbation is a SUPER SAFE way to feel sexual pleasure! There’s no risk of unplanned pregnancy or STIs.

Let’s have a conversation!

Videos

What is a Condom?

In this video by Planned Parenthood, they break down how to use a condom step-by-step. They also talk about how condoms protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancy, and where you can find them.

Resources

1-800-SEX-SENSE Line

A free, anonymous telephone and email info hotline where you can ask any question about sex.

Options For Sexual Health

British Columbia’s largest sexual health nonprofit, with lots of info and services on their website.

Scarleteen

A sexuality and relationships website for teens and emerging adults.

Amaze

A website with animated sex-ed videos on lots of crucial topics.

The Smart Sex Resource

A website with lots of information on safer sex and STIs, including how to get tested and treated.

Sexual Health Clinics

Friendly, encouraging places to get contraception and safer sex supplies, to get tested or treated for STIs, or to get access to abortion services.

Walk-In Clinics

If you don’t have a sexual health clinic nearby that’s convenient or accessible, you can also get STI testing at any Walk-In Clinic.

Youth Clinics

Friendly spaces for youth, often offering: free contraception, STI testing & treatment, pregnancy testing & general sexual health info.

Womyn’s Ware

Vancouver store that sells many sexual pleasure products like sex toys, vibrators, massagers, and lubricant.

London Drugs

London Drugs stores throughout BC carry several personal massagers – also known as vibrators –  that are inexpensive.

Pharmacare & Contraception

If you receive disability benefits in British Columbia, you’re usually eligible for a free hormonal IUD through Pharmacare.

On the Loose

A print-based resource for folks living on their own for the first time.

Opt: Love, Sex, and Connection in the Time of Isolation

Tips on, dating, sexual pleasure, and safety during COVID.

New York Health Authority’s COVID Sex Tips

How to stay safer during sex, even if you’re not following all of Bonnie Henry’s rules…

Qmunity

A non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. Hosts social, support & advocacy groups. (NB. Some folks have noted physical access barriers at Qmunity sites. Please contact them to confirm whether your access needs can be met.)

The Health Initiative for Men

A local non-profit society for gay, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit and queer (GBT2Q) men. Supporting sexual, mental, and social health. Monthly events.

News

Big Mouth – An Animated Series That Mixes Sex Education With Smart Comedy

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A couple of years back, Netflix scored a huge hit with their UK series Sex Education – starring Gillian Anderson as a high school sex educator, and Asa Butterfield as […]

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