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Guide to Safe Sex

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Safe sex (also called safer sex or protected sex) is a set of practices that are designed to reduce the risk of infection during sexual intercourse to avoid developing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Conversely, unsafe sex refers to engaging in sexual intercourse without the use of any barrier contraception or other preventive measures against STDs.

Safe sex practices became prominent in the late1980s as a result of the AIDS epidemic. Promoting safe sex is now a principal aim of sex education. From the viewpoint of society, safer sex can be regarded as a  harm reduction strategy. Safe sex is about risk reduction, not complete risk elimination.

Although safe sex practices can be used as a form of family planning, the term refers to efforts made to prevent infection rather than conception. Many effective forms of contraception do not offer protection against STDs.

Safer sex is:

* About reducing your risk
* Fun, stimulating, sexual, exciting and erotic
* For everyone regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, number of partners or believed monogamy
* Important in any sexual activity where there is risk of transmitting HIV or other sexual transmitted infections (e.g., gonorrhea, herpes, Chlamydia, hepatitis, etc.)

Learn which sexual practices are risky and choose those that are safest.

Safer sex practice 1 #

The safest practices are:

* No having sexual intercourse with any one;
* Being in relationship where both partners are free of infection and have sex only with each other and do not inject drugs with shared needles;
* Massaging, touching, stroking;
* Hugging, body-to-body rubbing;
* Dry kissing, French kissing, deep kissing and
* Mutual masturbation as long as neither person has open cts or sore which may become exposed to body fluids.

Low Risk practices are:

* Vaginal or anal intercourse with a latex condom; and
* Oral sexual activity.

High Risk practices are:

* Anal intercourse without a condom;
* Vaginal intercourse without a condom;
* Relying on withdrawing the penis before ejaculating (coming);
* Sharing sex toys, unless dildoes and vibrators have been covered with a condom during use and toys and washed after use; and
* Manual anal intercourse (fisting).

Safer sex practice 2#

If you going to have sex:

* Use condom ever time you have intercourse
* Always be protected by using a lubricated, latex condom to reduce the risk of infection.
* Be sure that lubricants are water based. Do not use Vaseline, hand lotion, mineral oil or anything without a petroleum base because these will damage the condom;
* Avoid any sexual practice which may cause bleeding and the chance of the virus being spread through the blood; and
* Do not have sexual intercourse without a condom and do not touch the vagina during a woman's menstrual period. Blood can contain large amount of HIV.

Be sure you know how to use condom correctly. If you don't please click on male and female condom  for instruction, how to use condom correctly for both male and female.

Male condom

Female condom

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