‘Safer Sex’ booklet includes updated guidelines

 The Human Rights Campaign and Whitman-Walker Health collaborated on a new edition of a booklet called “Safer Sex” that includes sexual health information written in everyday language with sections such as “What do I do if I don’t know anything about HIV” or “What do I do if my partner has HIV?”

The guide, whose first edition was released six years ago, is written for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and covers everything from basics facts about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, safer sex and the role of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (“PrEP”) in HIV prevention, the two agencies announced in a press release.

“It’s a fact that many LGBT people don’t see themselves, or their relationships, discussed in mainstream sexual health resources,” said Jay Brown, the HRC Foundation’s director of research and public education. “With rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections on the rise among young people and in communities of color, HRC and Whitman-Walker remain committed to providing crucial health and wellness information in a way that is both medically accurate, culturally competent and judgement-free.”

The press release said sexual health issues remain for LGBT people.

“While the LGBT community continues to make extraordinary strides in equality, sexual health remains a top concern,” the release notes. “We are still facing staggering rates of HIV in the U.S. driven largely by misinformation, stigma and societal barriers to information and care, including discrimination and poverty.”

The pocket-sized publication will be available at various places and is online at hrc.org/whatdoido.

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