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Safer sex

Safer sex means looking after your and your partner's health and emotional wellbeing. It means being respectful, consensual, talking, and listening.

You and your partner need to be comfortable about your sexual activity. You need to get and give consent before sex. You or your partner can still change their mind at any stage. This video explains consent in more detail.

Safer sex is pleasurable. It reduces the risk of an unplanned pregnancy or passing on any sexually transmitted infections (STI). Using a condom every time you have sex is the best way to protect yourself from getting or passing on an STI.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed February 2019.

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