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Making Sex Safer

Certain activities can put people at a greater risk of catching or spreading an STI.

Safer Sex:

  • the only "safe" sex is no sex (abstinence)

  • "safer" sex means using a condom every time with every partner

  • get tested with every new partner or at least every six months - it's the only way to know for sure

  • limit the number of partners you have

  • be careful about "serial monogamy" (a series of serious, committed, faithful, long-term relationships). Testing for STIs is still important.

  • communicate expectations opening with your partner about sex, STI protection and birth control

  • avoid having sex while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  • never share needles, syringes, pipes, straws or other drug equipment. You may expose yourself to Hep B, Hep C and HIV

  • consider other low-risk activities with your partner - kissing and caressing etc.

  • never share sex toys and be sure to properly clean and disinfect toys after each use