Primary Health

**We are worth the effort! Taking Care of Ourselves is not only about ensuring our longevity in the workplace, but it is also about feeling able and confident about switching careers if that time comes.**

*The following information can be found in the St. James Infirmary Occupational Health and Safety Guide

  • Brush and floss teeth daily, but not less than 1-2 hours prior to performing oral sex (it can increase risk of HIV transmission). Do not use an alcohol-based mouthwash less than 1-2 hours prior to performing oral sex.
  • Change underwear daily (or turn inside out on alternate days or use unscented undergarment liners). The same applies for socks.
  • Tight pants, nylon underwear, and pantyhose can cause vaginal infections. Wear natural fibers.
  • Keep toenails short to reduce foot pain. Our feet swell when we do a lot of walking so shoes a bit larger are safer and more comfortable than shoes that are too small.
  • If you wear tampons, change them frequently and use a size that matches your flow (too small is better than too big). Or use pads or other alternatives to tampons (sponge, cup, etc).
  • Avoid dehydration. Drink lots of fluids and keep lips, teeth, and gums moist.
  • Keep the vagina and anus well lubricated during sex to prevent irritation.
  • Lube up before engaging in sexual activity whenever possible. Urinate before and after sex to avoid urinary tract infections.
  • Avoid douching; it can force germs into your uterus. Use plain water enemas. Because body fluids such as blood, vomit, urine, feces, saliva and semen may contain infectious organisms, protective gloves must always be worn when dealing with body fluids. Should any of these fluids come into contact with a person’s skin, they should wash the area with warm water and soap.
  • You should not touch yourself, or anyone else, where there is a break in the skin (cuts, grazes, dermatitis, and so on) or touch anybody openings (mouth, genitals, eyes, and so on) until they have washed their hands. Breaks in the skin—cuts, grazes, rashes, recent injection sites, recent piercings or tattoos, for example—should be kept covered by a dressing while working.

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