There are a few tips to remember when talking to your partner about safer sex:
- If it’s the first time you’re talking about it, don’t wait until you’re in the heat of the moment. ‘The talk’ is best had when you’re both relaxed and in the right frame of mind.
- Try not to stress! Really. Thinking about talking to your partner about safer sex is usually way more stressful than actually talking about it. Calm down, and just say what you have to say.
- Talking about safer sex and consent isn’t a one-time deal. Things might change as your relationship changes, so keep the lines of communication open with your partner and don’t be afraid to talk about doing things differently.
- Have a look at this website and those on our Resources page together, or go to a clinic together so you can both get the facts. That will also break the ice so you can talk about your own safer sex practices.