Find out why guest Blogger and Sex Writer, Topher Taylor, sees sexual health screening as an act of ‘self-care’ in the latest article for the BioSure blog.
Where have I worked in the sex industry?
I have worked in and around the adult industry for over a decade, from behind the till in sex shops, to alongside porn performers and escorts for promotional events, right through to writing and advising on sex.
How has meeting for sex changed?
Being around this colourful (and never boring) world has highlighted to me to the importance of sexual health, STI testing and behaving responsibly when it comes to sex.
Sex is so accessible nowadays, from a few clicks on a sex website or just simply scrolling through a dating app. There are so many different types of apps, sites, social collectives and gatherings for different preferences and with different premises. If you look hard enough and use search engines to your advantage, you can get a bonk very easily.
What do I think about sex?
I’ve always loved sex. I love everything about sexuality and the act itself. Human bodies fascinate me, regardless of gender, and I can never avoid an article that discusses tips, performance or new discoveries.
Why should we test ourselves?
We are amazing creatures but we are also biological beings, prone to infections and disease if exposed.
I fully understand and appreciate the importance of HIV testing. Knowing your status is not only self-care but it shows responsibility to your sexual partners.
If you are a sexually active person – even if you have just one partner every few months, you owe it to yourself and to them to be tested. It is also worth keeping in mind that some sexually transmitted infections don’t show up straight away, so it is important to ensure you keep testing regularly.
When should I test for HIV?
My advice to anyone is to see your sexual health screening as your personal MOT. Do it every 3 months as your personal act of self-care and to make sure that everything is in working order and not leading to other complications.
If you are finding it tricky to get out of your work or education to go to a sexual health or GUM clinic then you can order a BioSURE HIV Self Test discreetly online or pick one up in Boots or Superdrug. There really is no excuse in this day-and-age.
Need some advice?
If you ever need help or advice with testing, you are always welcome to reach out to me. I’m certainly not going to judge you, just steer you in the right direction.