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Valentine's Day, a time when love is in the air and romance fills the atmosphere, often inspires couples to express their affection in intimate ways. While celebrating love and passion is a beautiful aspect of this special day, it's essential to prioritise safety and well-being, particularly when it comes to sexual activity.Β 

Practicing safe sex not only protects individuals from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies but also fosters trust, communication, and intimacy in relationships.Β 

Here's the HealthPlus guide to enjoying Valentine's Day while prioritising safe sex:

  1. Communication is Key: Before engaging in any sexual activity, have an open and honest conversation with your partner about your sexual health history, boundaries, and desires. Discussing topics such as STI testing, contraception, and consent ensures that both partners are on the same page and feel comfortable and respected.
  1. Use Protection: Condoms are one of the most effective methods for preventing STIs and reducing the risk of unintended pregnancy. We recommend Durex Performa Condoms, Fiesta Original Black Condom, Shooot Condom Ribbed, Trojan Magnum Condoms, Rough Rider Studded Condoms and Fire Xtacy Condom. All of these condoms are top quality and readily available at all HealthPlus stores.
    Make sure to use condoms consistently and correctly, from start to finish, during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Additionally, consider using other forms of contraception, such as birth control pills or implants, for added protection against pregnancy.
  1. Get Tested: If you or your partner have not been recently tested for STIs, consider getting tested together before engaging in sexual activity. Coincidentally, HealthPlus is offering a small token to get tested for HIV, HCV, Hepatitis B, and Syphilis this love season.
    Knowing your STI status allows you to make informed decisions about your sexual health and take appropriate precautions to prevent transmission. Visit any of the selected HealthPlus stores to know your status today.
  1. Avoid Risky Behaviours: Refrain from engaging in high-risk sexual behaviours, such as unprotected sex with multiple partners or sharing needles or other injecting equipment. These could increase the risk of contracting STIs and should be avoided to safeguard your health and well-being.
  1. Plan Ahead: If you anticipate engaging in sexual activity on Valentine's Day, make sure to plan and have condoms or other forms of contraception readily available. Keep in mind that alcohol or drug use can impair judgement and increase the likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behaviours, so drink responsibly and prioritise clear communication with your partner.
  1. Seek Help and Support: If you have questions or concerns about safe sex, contraception, or STIs, don't hesitate to seek guidance from us. Speak to any of our mutti Doctors or visit our website to chat with a pharmacist. They will provide valuable information, resources, and support to help you make informed decisions about your sexual health.
    By prioritising safe sex practices, couples can enjoy a romantic and intimate Valentine's Day while also taking proactive steps to protect their sexual health and well-being. Healthplus is giving 20% off all sexual health products from February 10th till 14th to commemorate the month of love. Offer is valid online and in-store.Β 

Remember, love is not only about passion and desire but also about respect, trust, and care for oneself and one's partner. So, celebrate love safely this Valentine's Day and cherish the gift of a healthy and fulfilling relationship.