By knowing the 6 most important steps to a safe sex life, and of course putting them into practice, you can enjoy a rich and rewarding sex life. Here are Broadgate Clinic London Wall, we see and treat many patients who have fallen by the wayside when it comes to practicing safe sex. Unfortunately it is something that can happen to anyone; even the most fastidious of us.

But whilst not being absolutely 100% foolproof, knowing these 6 top tips to safe sex, will we hope, help to lessen the number of men and women who find themselves having to avail themselves of the private, walk-in, STD Clinic in Central London.

Step 1 to a safe sex life – always use a condom

There is no prize for predicting the number one piece of advice when it comes down to practicing safe sex. Always use a condom.

Even if you are in a long term relationship, always using a condom is still good advice. Some couples may take exception to this advice, and if they are 100% sure of the fidelity of their partner, then they may have just cause. But in an increasingly more casual society, many couples allow their partners to have the occasional dalliance outside of their own relationship. Some of course simply “play away” from time to time. Whatever the circumstances, any encounter of this nature carries with it the risk of a STI infection.

GP consultations in any sexual health clinic, whether it’s Broadgate Clinic London Wall, or some other GUM clinic here in London, will always advocate the same advice – Always wear a condom.

Lubricated condoms are best (less risk of breaking). Ensure the packaging carries the European safety symbol, and always remember to check the date on the packet.

Step 2 to a safe sex life – treat all types of sex with the same respect

Wearing a condom relates to all types of sex; not just vaginal, but anal, and oral too. Not all types of sex require vaginal penetration in order for an STD to be passed on.

If practicing oral sex on a male partner, always ensure he wears a condom. Under no circumstances should you allow any fluids (including semen) into your mouth. This is especially important if you have any open sores in your mouth. STDs including AIDS are easily transmitted in this way.

There is also a danger with anal sex in terms of rectal bleeding. One again, any sores or contusions are open to attack from infected semen.

Step 3 to a safe sex life – Look after your sex toys

Sex toys should ideally be fitted with new condoms before they are used. In addition they should be thoroughly washed after each use. They should never be shared from person to person during one sexual episode as this can easy facilitate the transfer of infected body fluids.

Step 4 to a safe sex life – the risks of promiscuity

Sexual promiscuity is dangerous. It introduces an element of risk, because the more sexually active partners you have, the greater the risk that one of them may be carrying an infection, even if they are blissfully unaware. Having one sexual partner, i.e. being monogamous is the safest way to practice sex.

For some people promiscuity is a way of life. If you fall into this category then you must learn to practice all elements of safe sex, but more that; you should undertake to get yourself regularly screened. Some people have a phobia about attending GUM or sexual health clinics. However, if you live and/or work here in London, there is another alternative – Broadgate Clinic London Wall.

We are a private health clinic. Here you can enjoy all of the privileges that are associated with a top private clinic, namely discretion and confidentiality. Our sexual health screening services are second to none, and our qualified male and female doctors are all consummate professionals.

Anyone who practices a regular and varied sex life involving different sexual partners should be regularly screened for STDs.

Step 5 to a safe sex life – Knowing your own limits

Alcohol, drugs and sex should never be mixed. Of course this may be easier said than done. The truth of the matter is that when you consume drugs and/or alcohol you begin to forfeit control, and when that happens, practicing safe sex no longer seems to be so important. The problem is that you only have to let your guard down once and that may easily be enough to pick up an STD. Know your limits and stick to them.

In this respect your brain is your most important sexual organ.

Step 6 to a safe sex life – Honesty and openness

Open and frank communication between sexual partners is a must. If you do become infected and you are afraid to communicate, you’re in trouble. There is a huge risk of passing the infection on, in which case your partner is likely to find out eventually. Openness is the best policy. It works well with monogamous relationships. It’s also why casual sex, drug and alcohol abuse are to be avoided. In these situations openness and honesty rarely exist, and are seldom even thought about.

If in doubt – get screened by a good sexual health screening services provider

Some STIs are symptomless. If you are ever in any doubt as whether or not you may have been infected with a STI, get yourself checked out. You may hear about colleagues who might share a sexual partner you know, contracting an infection. They might exhibit symptoms even though you may not. You might have had a lapse in judgment or due to alcohol/drug abuse, may have lowered your guard and had unprotected sex; even though the partner seemed a safe risk.

The cold light of truth is that if you have been infected and you are symptomless, you will never know. In the meantime however, you will be passing the infection on to anyone you have unprotected sex with, and the illness, though symptomless, could do your health some serious harm as the infection progresses, untreated. If you have the slightest doubt, Broadgate Clinic London Wall, the best private walk in STD clinic London has to offer, will screen you with total discretion and in absolute confidence. No appointment is necessary.