How both partners can take a role in family planning

Family planning encompasses a variety of services, and they apply to everyone. Regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship status—or whether a pregnancy is in your near future or not —we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and our partner(s). This includes:

Staying Safe: There are simple measures you can take to keep sex safe. One of the easiest is condom use, which can be 98% effective at preventing the transmission of STDs when used properly. Other methods such as dental dams and internal condoms can also protect against STDs. Both partners can pick up free protection at more than 25 no or low-cost family planning health centers across Philadelphia.

Staying Up to Date: Anyone who is having unprotected sex may be at risk for STDs. That’s why experts suggest regular testing for STDs – once a year, at least. Experts may recommend more frequent testing depending upon risk factors. In Philadelphia, our no or low-cost family planning health centers offer testing, so staying up to date with your status just got easier.

Staying on Top of STDs: Treating STDs immediately helps to prevent passing the infection on to other partners and, in the case that an affected person is pregnant, protecting the pregnancy. The majority of STDs can be treated simply with antibiotics, which you can receive at a no or low-cost family planning health center. Others, like herpes and HIV, unfortunately remain in the system and can be transmitted, but antiviral medications can treat symptoms and prevent the infection from growing worse. Being honest with your partner about your status and continuing to care for yourself can help prevent the transmission of STDs.

Staying on the Same Page: If you and your partner would like to try to get pregnant, your family planning care can be designed to achieve that goal. If you would like to prevent pregnancy, your family planning care can involve birth control. And, honestly, it’s not all on the person who can get pregnant. These conversations require both parties to be present, engaged, and informed. Philadelphia’s no or low-cost family planning health centers provide counseling for both partners to plan for a pregnancy —or plan NOT to get pregnant.

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