Why is Safer Sex Important?
If you do not practice safer sex you are at greater risk of getting an STI.
An STI is a sexually transmitted infection, which is found in semen, blood and vaginal secretions and is passed on through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.
In some cases STIs may also be spread through skin-to-skin contact, for example, with genital warts and herpes. Hepatitis B and HIV can also be caught through hand or finger cuts that come into contact with infected sperm, vaginal fluids or blood.
Additionally, safer sex can prevent pregnancy. However, pregnancy can also be prevented by the use of oral contraception, which does not mean you are practicing safer sex, since you are still at risk of getting an STI.
What is Safer Sex?
Safer sex means sexual activity that does not involve any exchange of semen, vaginal fluids or blood with your partner.
Safer Sex really means 3 things:
While the only way to be 100 per cent safe is to avoid sex altogether, this is not really realistic and you can improve your safety in several ways:
It is important to remember that even when using condoms and dams for protection or when you only get into safer sex activities, STI's can still be passed on:
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