Sextrasafe – Promoting Safe Online Dating & Safer Sex
Asking whether someone has an STD isn’t exactly choice first date chat material. What if there was an online service which anonymously shared the sexual health status of potential partners? That’s exactly what Sextrasafe offers. This new safer sex member profile website tells you what you need to know before getting intimate with someone; sensitive information that many people feel awkward bringing up in conversation.
Sextrasafe is an online service which allows registered users to anonymously share their sexual health status. Members have a profile which has a verified photo, test results and their choice of name. With verified STD test results shared anonymously, people can show how much they value their own sexual health, as well as verifying the sexual health status of potential sex partners.
Online dating has never been more popular, but regular online dating services don’t offer integral reassurance regarding STDs. Sadly, while internet-based dating has become commonplace, so too have sexually transmitted infections.
Alex Williams from Sextrasafe agrees:
“With over 25 million daily matches on Tinder alone online dating has never been more active. Unsurprisingly the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been reporting cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are being reported at the highest numbers ever.”
So how can Sextrasafe help? Alex continues:
“At SextraSafe we support safe sex through encouraging sexually active people to test for STI/STD’s and provide a platform to share verified test results anonymously.
“Using SextraSafe, users can encourage and promote regular testing and safety methods. The SextraSafe team has been independently verifying STD results from accredited labs for over 20 years. We have extensive expertise in protecting data, championing privacy, and complying with complex regulations.”
How Sextrasafe Works
Sextrasafe is a database of registered members, with personal identity details kept strictly confidential. These anonymous members are referred to STD testing centres for a set of standard STD tests (often available for free).
“The remit of SextraSafe is to encourage people who are sexually active to be aware of their status and to encourage others to test.
If everyone tested and was mutually aware of their status it would go a long way to eradicating STDs. Perfect for “Generation Tinder,” Alex explains.
There is a small fee to register and have a profile at Sextrasafe, however a portion of this is donated to safe sex charities to support wider communication about safer sex and the risks of STDs. You can then share your STD status with potential or actual partners, and see the STD status of other members.
How can you be sure that the displayed STD status of another Sextrasafe member is still correct at any time? Sextrasafe have taken ingenious steps to help ensure that all stated STD results are correct at the time of browsing profiles.
Tests (and therefore the profiles to which they’re appended) are only valid for 60 days. In addition, if any member profile is inactive for 90 days, all the information related to that profile, including photos and identity details, are permanently deleted.
Alex Williams confirms:
“All member information, photos and IDs are deleted permanently from our systems on request or after 90 days of inactivity.
This process uses military grade data destruction practices and data can never be recovered.”
Why Regular STD Tests Are Important
STDs are a very possible side-effect of unprotected sex – and they can be anything from irritating but treatable, to permanent and, in some cases, life-threatening. It’s incredibly important to ensure that you always take the precaution of using a barrier such as condoms (for vaginal/anal sex encounters and blow jobs) or dental dams (for vaginal oral sex or anal rimming) when getting sexually intimate with a person of unknown STD status.
Educating ourselves and others is another way we can attempt to stop the STD epidemic. As well as being aware of the risks involved, and taking steps to prevent the transmission of STDs during our sex encounters, regular checks for STDs are invaluable. Tests not only provide you with reassurance (and as we know, confidence is sexy!), but with regular check-ups you can also assure any sex partner of your 100% sexual health.
Don’t think you can rely on symptoms to tell you if something’s wrong, either. Planned Parenthood warn:
“Most people with STDs don’t have symptoms or know they’re infected, and they can easily pass the infection to their partners. So testing is the only way to know for sure whether or not someone has an STD.”
Prevention is definitely better than cure – especially because with regards to sex, it’s not just you in the frame.
If you’re not sure how to start getting tested for STDs, the CDC offer this helpful advice:
“Make sure you have an open and honest conversation about your sexual history and STD testing with your doctor and ask whether you should be tested for STDs.
If you are not comfortable talking with your regular health care provider about STDs, there are many clinics that provide confidential and free or low-cost testing.”
If you’re in the UK, the NHS website has a very thorough guide to visiting an STI clinic and what to expect. There’s no need to be nervous, you’ll be in the capable hands of professionals who test for STIs and STDs every day.
By using Sextrasafe you can be assured of a clear STD status from people you’d like to hook-up with, plus have the knowledge that those people prioritise & value their sexual health just as much as you do. Even before you’ve spoken to these potential partners, there’s a strong element of respect involved.
Sextrasafe offers a great foundation for a happy (and sexually healthy) hook-up.