Written in collaboration with the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
The same general guidelines for having safer sex apply to everyone who engages in sexual activities, no matter their sexual orientation.
See the Resources section for more general sexual health information.
To ensure that you’re getting the right care, it’s important to be honest with your healthcare provider about your sexual orientation and sexual behaviors. This may feel challenging if you don’t currently have health insurance or if you’re not sure if your provider is bi+ affirming. Below are a few tips that can help, and they apply not only when you’re accessing sexual healthcare, but also any other type of care related to your relationships and sex life, such as therapy, fertility, and primary care.
For more info about use, access, or alternatives, check out the Resources list below.
Bi+ patients are less likely to come out to healthcare providers than lesbians or gay men. This lower rate of disclosure among bi+ patients is likely influenced by the amount of bisexual erasure and bi+ antagonisim that the bi+ community frequently experiences in broader society. As a result of not disclosing, the health of bi+ patients may suffer since their health needs are unique. You can help change this by following the guidelines below:
Advocates for Youth (general sexual health tips)
CDC (find a testing location)
Healthline (find an affirming provider)
National Domestic Violence Hotline
The Network/LA Red (LGBTQIA+, BDSM, and polyamorous anti-violence resource)
Oh Joy Sex Toy (sex-positive educational comics)
Out2Enroll (enroll in health insurance)
Planned Parenthood (sexual health info and access to affirming care)