Safer Sex

Safer Sex

There are some critical concepts worth mentioning. These concepts apply to university students in particular:

  1. Alcohol and Drugs: The combination of either of these with sex probably accounts for a large amount of STD's on campus. People who are intoxicated cannot protect themselves form avoiding unwanted sexual experiences, or properly using barrier methods. Pregnancy can also be a common outcome.
  2. Communication: Taking a shared responsibility for prevention is unlikely to happen if there is poor communication between sexual partners. Its your body, and you have a right to do what you feel comfortable with. Your partner and you should be able to discuss the number of previous partners each of you have had. Ideally, you should know who you are having sex with !
  3. Techniques: Certain sexual practices are more likely to result in transmission of disease. Anal intercourse without a condom is particularly risky. Know how to choose and use condoms. Protect yourself first.
  4. Be aware : Keep up to date on new developments. Don't rely on sources of information which are based. See your Family Doctor or attend a special clinic if you have concerns or symptoms.
  5. Be responsible : If you have been diagnosed as having an STD, complete all treatment and follow-up. Help to inform partners who may be affected (or are the source).

 

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