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!
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.
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority published a pocket guide detailing how to support the sexuality of folks living in care facilities.
For a while now people have been asking for a short pamphlet on this topic for families and staff.
A website with lots of information on safer sex and STIs, including how to get tested and treated.
Tips on, dating, sexual pleasure, and safety during COVID.