Be Safe

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Safer sex starts with thinking about sex risks and then making safer sex decisions. This includes decisions about:

  • what you will and won’t do
  • decisions about the amount of risk you’re willing to take when it comes to STIs or pregnancy.
No Risk Choices
  • Flirting
  • Holding hands
  • Hugging
  • Physical contact with your clothes on
Low Risk Choices
  • Kissing
  • Stroking, touching the other person’s skin
  • Fondling, feeling the other person’s skin
  • Massaging
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Medium Risk Choices
  • Oral sex with a condom or an “oral dam” between you and the other person
  • Vaginal intercourse with a condom
  • Anal intercourse with a condom and water-based lubricant
High Risk Choices
  • Oral sex without a condom or “oral dam”
  • Vaginal intercourse without a condom
  • Anal intercourse without a condom
  • Sharing sex toys

Sexual activity also has emotional risks. You could get your feelings hurt or your heart broken. You could also find that your “love life” becomes a hot topic of conversation. If it does some people may label you with words that are hurtful – like “slut”, “skank” or “sleeze”.