World AIDS Day is observed on 1st December every year to raise awareness about HIV and its transmission through sex. It is a chance for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS related illness while showing support for people living with HIV. This day is also dedicated to spread awareness on practice of safe sex.
Why is safe sex important?
There is no doubt that sex is an elementary instinct. It also has myriad effects on the mental,physical,and emotional health of an individual, other than being a way of procreation. Having healthy and safe sex without worrying about a possibility of sexually transmitted disease or an unwanted pregnancy has several advantages.
Good sex can help you bust stress, sleep better, reduce pain, and even improve libido. With regular safe sex, one can havelower blood pressure, better immunity,and can also reducethe risk of cancer. It even counts as an exercise. About80-100 calories are burnt on an average during an intercourse. Socially, those who have stable sexual relationships have abetter social interaction, higher self-confidence, and a higher efficiency.
Tips to enjoy safe and healthy sex
1. Have safe sex
For those engaged in casual sex, it is important to be aware of how to practice safe sex. Using condoms for protection against pregnancy and STIsis prudent. Indulging in casual sex especially when under the influence of any illegal drug or alcohol can be dangerous.
2. Communicate your needs while respecting each other
Get to know each other while accepting each other’s expectations. One needs to be honest in their relationship. Being polite, kind as well as respectful to each other is utmost important. Doing small things together such as doing laundry or even other household chorescan sometimes be a great way of feeling sexually attracted. Foreplay is a vital part of sex that forms a good part of intimacy. Women typically need more foreplay to feel connected before intercourse.
3. Mind your hygiene before safe sex
Sexual hygiene is as well important when it comes to safe sex practices. Women must wash from front to back while men must pay attention to washing under the foreskin. Being clean, havingoral hygiene, washing hands before and after an intercourse, prolonging body odour, passing urine before and after sex are all ways of maintaining hygiene during a sexual act while also avoiding embarrassment.
4. Be physically active
Being physically active improves sex drive. Exercising everyday not onlytonesthe body but also avoids lethargy. It improves libido too. Having light, healthy, and early meal in the evening without indulging in spicy and oily food also goes a long way in making sex enjoyable.
Couples may find sex rather monotonous than enjoyable by losing the drive of excitement. Try to make it interesting by trying new positions, playing music, gettingconnecting emotionally in different ways or changing the surroundings or the place.
6. Seek help
No questions asked when it comes to sexual health as it remains a sensitive topic. But it is certainly not taboo. It is important to reach out to aspecialist, if there are any issues such as difficulty, lack of interest, pain, dryness, erection problems and even advice about contraception,unwanted pregnancy, or sexually transmitted infections