Start by talking with your partner and checking that you both want to have sex at that time.It’s extremely important to make sure that you and your sexual partner are on the same page before you have sex.If you’re planning on having sex with someone you don’t know very well, or someone you met online (say, on Tinder), it’s a good idea to let a friend know where you are, and when they can expect to hear from you.As with any new partner, it’s also important to talk about sexual health and consent – and remember to have condoms and/or dams on hand in case you do decide to have sex.Safe sex is any sexual contact you have while protecting yourself and your partner from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy.While there’s no way to guarantee that sex will be 100 per cent safe, there are things you can do to make it safer.It means communicating with each other before and during sex to check that you are both happy and comfortable with what’s taking place.
It’s a good idea to have a chat before things get hot and heavy, when it will be easier to stay level-headed.
STI tests can easily be performed by nurses and at sexual health clinics.
The emergency contraceptive pill is around 85 per cent successful in preventing unplanned pregnancy when used within 24 hours of having sex, but it can still be used for up to 96 hours (four days) afterwards.
Things to talk about include whether you’re ready to have sex, what you want to do in the bedroom, and STI prevention methods and contraception. if they have any STIs), and whether they’ve had a sexual health check recently.
Remember that their answers don’t mean that you don’t need to use protection.
Also talk beforehand about using condoms and/or dams, and discuss who will buy them or get them for free from a family planning service or Condom Credit Card (CCCard) registered provider.