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What is Safer Sex?

Questions and answers: What is Safer Sex?

This may sound silly, but I'm not exactly sure what safer sex is. Can you tell me more about what it means to have safer (safe) sex?

We are always happy to expound on the topic of safer sex, or safer sex as some now say, which means taking precautions when engaging in sexual activity to minimize the risks of an unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease (STD). There are many forms of contraception such as birth control pills, diaphragms, etc. that you can use to avoid getting pregnant, but only condoms can prevent both pregnancy and disease.

Part of safer sex is having the Talk with your partner. Whether sex is casual or you are in a monogamous relationship, you both need to be on-board with safer sex practices. You also need to be consistent. Use a condom every time that you have sex, and we mean for any type of sexual encounter-- vaginal, anal and even oral. Many people forget that bodily fluids are always present, not just during climax. Secretion of fluids can happen at any time so condoms should be used at the onset of sexual activity to ensure maximum protection.

Condoms have an extremely high effective rate at 98% as long as you use them consistently and as intended, following the instructions that come with the packaging. So if you always use condoms, you will be practicing safer sex.