One of the main issues we found in the Sikh community is, there seems to be this notion that no one is sexually active. However, this couldn't be further from the truth... and yes that includes Amritdhari (baptized) Sikhs. By not addressing this issue in our community we are only adding to the problem. Promoting healthy sexual behaviour lowers risk and transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infection's (STI's) & Sexually Transmitted Disease's (STD's) in all sexual and gender types.
Condoms are an effective way in protecting yourself against STI’s and unwanted pregnancies. By using them you are lowering the potential risk and exposure to unwanted issues.
Too scared to go out and buy condoms? Well you can get them pretty much free from most sexual health clinics, student unions and GP’s.
Make sure you are tested regularly if you have recently been or are sexually active.
You can search the web for your nearest GUM (Genito-Urinary Medicine) clinic. These are usually provided by the NHS and are free to access. If you are worried about being seen by people you may know or are scared to go, there are lots of other ways you can access help for treatment.
If you are a student, you may be able to access a GUM clinic run by your university or college. Alternatively there are sexual health clinics run by LGBTQ+ services in discreet settings where you can be tested in comfort.
You can also apply online for free home testing kits which you can mail away and discreetly be contacted to confirm results.
Still not sure? Then please contact your GP, visit our 'Get Help' tab or contact us directly.
Never make assumptions when it comes to your health, it is always important to be safe than sorry. If your sexual partner is HIV negative, always remember it can take up to 6 months from initial infection for it to show up on any tests. That is why it is very important for you to make sure you are regularly tested so any potential threats to your health can be identified as soon as possible.
If you think you may have been exposed to the virus, then go and get tested as soon as possible. HIV is becoming more an more common in the UK with 89,400 people living with HIV as of 2016. It is estimated there are 9,800 gay, bisexual, hetero male and females, living with an undiagnosed HIV infection which is down by 2,900 since 2015. Interestingly heterosexuals are the largest group to be living with HIV at 48.2%.
If you are HIV positive and you catch it in time, sticking to medication given to you by the doctors can potentially take you from being HIV positive to Undetectable. That is why it is very important you stick to the medication you have been given.
Using and sharing sex toys are safe as long as you are responsible with them. Keeping clean toys can prevent transmission of STI’s and STD’s. Make sure you check your toys for any damage or tears where germs may lurk or be missed during cleaning.