In­ti­mate Savvy Risk of un­wanted sex­ual con­se­quences among the LGBTQI com­mu­nity

Salome Mit­ter turns the fo­cus on the dos and don’ts to min­imise the risk of un­wanted sex­ual con­se­quences among the LGBTQI com­mu­nity.

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In­dia cel­e­brated yet an­other In­de­pen­dence Day this Septem­ber. With the Supreme Court strik­ing down the Bri­tish-era Sec­tion 377 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code, rul­ing that con­sen­sual gay sex in pri­vate is not a crime, it was an­other land­mark day of free­dom for In­di­ans, to live and love like they wish to.

With this ba­sic hu­man right fi­nally ac­knowl­edged, the LGBT nar­ra­tive now turns to other im­por­tant is­sues, such as safer sex. Safer sex is a term that re­lates to strate­gies that min­imise the risk of un­wanted con­se­quences of sex, such as trans­fer­ring HIV and other sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions (STIs). Some amount of risk is un­avoid­able when it comes to most sex acts; how­ever, there are pre­cau­tions which can be taken to en­sure we en­gage in ‘safer sex’.

DOS & DON’TS FOR SAFER SEX

— Just like it is for het­ero­sex­u­als, safer sex can be prac­ticed via es­tab­lish­ing con­sent, know­ing our bound­aries, us­ing con­doms, com­mu­ni­cat­ing needs and de­sires. Get­ting tested for HIV and STIs is es­sen­tial, as is in­form­ing one’s part­ner about the same. Con­doms are es­sen­tial as are other bar­rier meth­ods such as den­tal dams. These cre­ate a pro­tec­tive bar­rier for the mouth, gen­i­tals and anus, pre­vent­ing con­tact with bod­ily flu­ids such as se­men, pre-cum, vag­i­nal flu­ids and blood which can trans­mit dis­ease.

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