Even though young people aged 15–24 years represent only 25% of the sexually experienced population,
they acquire nearly half of all new STDs

89.    Understand that the only truly safe sex is no sex.  Abstinence until marriage is the best way to avoid STDS.

 

90.    Avoid drugs and alcohol before sex.  You’ll likely make more responsible choices if you are not impaired / intoxicated.

 

91.    Set limits in your relationships.  Know how far you are willing to go before you go there.  Discuss hard and soft limits with your partner before a sexual encounter.

 

92.    Keep the lines of communication open with your partner.  Ask the hard questions before you have sex.

 

93.    If you are sexually active, be monogamous.  Multiple partners lead to multiplying your risk of contracting an STD.

 

94.    Be responsible.  Whether you are a man or woman, your health is in your hands.  Be prepared and bring protection if you anticipate sexual activity.

 

95.    Be consistent. Safer sex, i.e. sex with a condom/barrier, only works if you use one every time.

 

96.    Get tested, and ask your partner/potential partner to be tested.  Consider STD testing before becoming involved in a new sexual relationship and complete treatment before you begin sexual activity if an STD is found.

 

Note that the above tips are general guidelines and are not intended to replace the advice or knowledge of a physician or healthcare professional.  Seek out expert advice and help if you have questions or concerns about your health.


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