To be effective, however, protective measures must be used consistently.
Be Open and Honest It is completely reasonable to have a conversation with your partner regarding sex and sexual contact before actually having it.
Match welcomes everyone and empowers our community of users to create and cultivate relationships.
An important aspect of any healthy relationship though – whether formed on Match or otherwise – is ensuring proper sexual health and safety.
Condoms and other mechanisms can significantly reduce the risk of contracting or passing on an STI, such as HIV.
However, you can still get certain STI’s, like herpes or HPV from contact with your partner’s skin even when using a condom.
Vaccinate The risk of contracting some STI’s can be reduced through vaccination. Regular testing is critical to staying on top of your health and helping prevent the spread of STI’s After testing, always ask for a copy of your test results so you are sure of your status.
There are certain steps that every person should follow while dating — both online and offline.
Tell Your Friends and Family Members of Your Plans Inform a friend or family member of your plans and when and where you’re going.