Safe Sex & Contraception
- Sex should be fun, exciting, pleasurable, and bonding. But it can be dangerous if you aren’t aware of the ways you need to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
- STDs include Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, genital herpes, genital warts, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
- Safe sex also involves getting tested for STDs each time you have a new sex partner. If you discover that you have an STD or HIV, it is important to get treated by a doctor and tell your partner so he or she can get tested and treated, too.
- Demanding safe sex from your partner does not mean that you do not trust him or her. Practicing safe sex simply means that you care about each other and would like to ensure that both of you are protected against STDs and pregnancy.
- The best way to protect yourself and your partner is to use a condom or have your partner use a condom. Condoms prevent bacteria and viruses found in semen, vaginal fluids and blood from coming into contact with your body.
- Ladies do not have an excuse when it comes to ensuring that you are having safe sex. Female condoms exist and if you do not want to use a condom, carry male condoms with you and make sure that your partner uses them. Birth control pills and contraceptive injections prevent pregnancy, but don’t protect you or your partner from STDs. In other words, it’s still important to use condoms.