Talk It Out

Communication is important. Whether it's with sexual partners or even a healthcare provider, you should talk about your sexual health.

We can help you figure out how to talk to:

Talk About Sexual Health, Even if They Blush

You can have hot, healthy sex. It's true. A healthcare provider, nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant can tell you the best way to protect your (and your partner's) sexual health.

They'll likely start by asking some personal questions—like who you’re having sex with (men, women, or both), how many people you are with, and what kind(s) of sex you like to have. They aren't trying to be nosy. They just need some details so they can make the right recommendations for you.

Start the Conversation
with a Healthcare Provider

If you're not sure what you should be asking about—or even how to ask it—we've got you covered. We'll give you a guide for how to have the healthier-sex conversation. You'll just need to answer a few questions—questions just like the ones a healthcare provider would ask.

Visit the guide to help get the ball rolling.

Get on the Same Page with Your Partner(s)

Talking about sexual health with your partner(s) is a good way to help protect your health. Being honest with each other lets you figure out what healthier sex practices are best for your situation. Knowing what you're dealing with helps you own your sexual health and make confident decisions.

Own it. Feel Confident.
Talk It Out.

Don't Get Tongue Tied

If you need a little help starting the healthy sex conversation, swipe through these icebreakers. There's no wrong way to bring it up.

Pick a category:

STI Testing

Before we take
things a step
further, I really
prefer we both
get tested.

STI Testing

Can we get tested?
I just want to make
sure we both know
our status before we
take this to the
next level.

STI Testing

I really want to
spend the night
with you, but I
prefer we get tested
for STIs first.

STI Testing

I was thinking we
could go get
at-home STI tests
and take them
together?

HIV Status

I'll like you, whether
you're positive or
negative. I want us to
be open about each
other's HIV status.

HIV Status

Let's talk HIV
status. Do you
know yours?

HIV Status

Relationship status
isn't important to me.
But HIV status is.
Let's talk about it.

HIV-negative partner

I'm cool with any
status as long as
you're cool with
using condoms.

HIV-negative partner

I'm totally OK with
being in a mixed status
relationship with you, but
I want to make sure we
are keeping each other
healthy. I’m using prevention
medicine, are you on
HIV treatment?

HIV-negative partner

I'm really proud of you for
taking the steps to get on
HIV treatment! But I want
to talk to you about also
using condoms every
time we get it on.

HIV-positive partner

Having HIV
doesn't mean we
can't have sex.
I've started HIV treatment,
but we should still use condoms.
And you can talk
to a healthcare provider
about PrEP.

HIV-positive partner

Even though I am on
treatment, I think it
may be a good idea
for you to talk to
a healthcare provider
about PrEP.

HIV-positive partner

I really want to take
this to the next level,
but before we do we
should talk about treatment
as prevention, and how
that can help protect
our health.

Prevention Options

Soooo…we forgot to
use a condom last
night. Want to go to
a clinic and talk to
someone about PEP?

Prevention Options

Even though I am
using PrEP, we still
need to use
condoms and lube.

Prevention Options

I didn't know you
could get vaccinated
for HPV and Hep A & B.
Are you vaccinated?
We could go together.

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