Sexual health principles: Protection from HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infection and Unintended Pregnancy


When you engage in sexual activity:

How high is your risk of contracting HIV?
How high is your risk of contracting a Sexually Transmitted Infection?
How likely are you to conceive a child that you weren’t planning to conceive?

I enjoy engaging clients about the continuum of risk for each of these activities. Clients are often unaware that different sexual behaviors may leave them at increased or decreased risk for contracting HIV, STI’s or conceiving a child.

I hope that these conversations serve several purposes. Among the possible ways that these sexual health conversations are helpful, I hope that you will learn about:

1. Your current relationship to HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infection and Unwanted Pregnancy
2. Some freeing or liberating experience that might be possible by talking about your sexual behaviors in a non-pathologizing, non-judgmental environment. (We are human beings, we have the potential to enjoy sex and this may look like many different things to many different people…how may we keep ourselves safe while enjoying and reciprocating a sexual relationship?)

As you come to understand your relationship to HIV, STI’s and Unwanted Pregnancy, how is this coming to impact your person vision of sexual health?

Michael Giancola, LMFT