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5 Important Questions to Ask Your Partner Before Getting Into Bed

        Health | Sexuality

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Are You Comfortable Practicing Safe Sex?

Recklessness has no place in the bedroom (or whatever location you deem appropriate).

Yet, in their haste to hook up, many couples don't bother to ask this essential question. Safe sex, however, is much more than a simple maxim. It can save your life.

Plus, it's not enough that you've always practiced safe sex. You should know whether your partner has always done the same before you consider unprotected sex. Or whether they've had sex with a prostitute (a high-risk venture).

Being tested for HIV and AIDS is important, but by no means a guarantee, since the virus can avoid detection in its early stages (up to six months). Other STDs, such as genital herpes and genital warts, can be exchanged even though they're not readily apparent or active. Remember, condoms made from sheep intestines do not offer adequate protection against STDs [source: WebMD].

Perhaps the most honest question would be this: Do you prefer getting tested for HIV and other STDs, and then having a monogamous relationship, or using condoms each time we have sex? [source: HealthyPlace.com]. Of course, that might not sound incredibly alluring, but it's a fair question. And one you have every right to ask.

Can you say Mommy? Daddy?