Sex is complicated. It releases endorphins, stirs up emotions, encourages insecurities as well as confidence and requires a lot of trust. Some people have been traumatized by sexual experiences, many have sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and others explore with kinks. It's no wonder disclosing your sexual history with a new partner can be tricky. But having a discussion with your partner before engaging in sex can help you both understand each other's perspectives and boundaries.

Sex therapist Brittany Steffen explained that disclosing an STI is crucial before having sex. "The purpose of sharing your sexual history with a new partner isn't to judge or compare, it's to explore the risk of current STIs and discuss any STI history. STIs are insanely common and they are nothing to be ashamed of. If you have a viral infection like HIV or herpes or genital warts, you definitely need to share that information, even if you're medicated and/or are currently asymptomatic."

While sexual health advocates everywhere work to destigmatize sex, many people still