July 11, 2022
When it comes to safe sex, one of the most important things you can do is to use a condom. Condoms are very effective in preventing the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
In addition, using condoms is especially important for the LGBTQIA+ community. This is because the LGBTQIA+ community is disproportionately affected by HIV. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gay and bisexual men account for 67% of new HIV diagnoses in the United States.
Furthermore, the HIV pandemic disproportionately affects transgender people, especially in the southern United States. This is because many transgender people do not have access to quality health care and are often discriminated against by health care providers. As a result, many transgender people do not get the testing and treatment they need to stay healthy.
So, if you’re a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, it’s important to use condoms every time you have sex. This will help protect you and your partner from STDs and STIs. And, if you’re not sure how to use a condom correctly, there are plenty of resources available to help you. For example, you can check out this link from the CDC on how to use a condom correctly.
In addition to using condoms, another way to help protect yourself from HIV is to take PrEP. PrEP is a daily medication that can reduce your risk of getting HIV by up to 99%. If you’re interested in taking PrEP, you can talk to your doctor about whether it’s right for you or simply order a testing kit through our Venture resource program. We can help connect you with PrEP service.
Remember: using condoms is one of the best ways to keep yourself and your partner safe during sex. Use them!