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It Gets Better Campaign

When you experience bullying and teasing it can seem like there's no escape.  Some young people experience extreme bullying when they are teased because of their sexual orientation, or because other people think they are gay.

I've heard condoms don't really protect against pregnancy and STIs. So why bother using them?


Condoms do help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Each year, 85 out of 100 couples who have sex but don't use any form of birth control get pregnant. That number drops to only 15 out of 100 when condoms are used. And no other method of birth control is as successful at protecting people against STIs as condoms.

Don’t be embarrassed. If you’re having sex you need to talk about condoms.

It's much smarter to talk about condoms before having sex, but that doesn't make it easy. Some people — even those who are already having sex — are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. But not talking about condoms affects a person's safety. Using condoms properly every time is the best protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs — even if you're using another form of birth control like the Pill.

Peer pressure is always tough to deal with, especially when it comes to sex.

Some teenagers decide to have sexual relationships because their friends think sex is cool. Others feel pressured by the person they are dating. Still others find it easier to give in and have sex than to try to explain why not. Some teenagers get caught up in the romantic feelings and believe having sex is the best way they can prove their love.

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