Let's talk about sex(ting), baby! Specifically, this post will address sexting, or sending nude photos over text and social media like Snapchat. People often sext because they're in a long distance relationship or because they find it fun and exciting - plus, there's no risk of spreading STIs or accidental pregnancy. However, that doesn't mean sexting should be taken lightly. Like any other sexual activity, if you decide to try sexting it's important to know how to do it safely, responsibly, and respectfully. Keep in mind that sexting is NEVER 100% safe - once you send out photos, you can't get them back. Planned Parenthood has a great article on some of the risks of sending and receiving nude photos.
Before You Begin
Tips for Saying No to Sexting
There are a lot of misconceptions about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV. Let's tackle a few.
HIV isn't in Lethbridge.
Not true! HIV is present in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta, and it's spreading.
Only gay men get HIV.
This is a huge misconception - anybody can get HIV. It can be spread through unprotected sex, sharing needles, or unsafe tattooing or piercing practices. Bodily fluids like blood and semen can spread the virus. Pregnant mothers can also pass the virus on to their babies. This is one more reason using protection during sex is so important. ARCHES has some info on safe body art here.
HIV and AIDS are the same thing.
HIV and AIDS are actually different. Having the HIV virus does not mean a person will automatically get AIDS, although the virus will eventually cause AIDS if it is left untreated. This is one reason getting tested for HIV is so important - if the virus is caught early, it can be treated more effectively. When you get tested for STIs, ask your doctor for a blood test to detect HIV too. Check out the ARCHES website for more information on HIV/AIDS.