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Safer sex

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Safer sex means looking after the health and emotional wellbeing of both you and your partner. It means being respectful, consensual, talking and listening.

You and your partner need to be comfortable about your sexual activity. You both need to get and give consent before sex. Either of you can still change your mind at any stage. The video in the link below explains consent in more detail.

Safer sex is pleasurable. It reduces the risk of an unplanned pregnancy or passing on any sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 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 August 2022.


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