Safer sex looks like:
- Having the kind of sex you want to have
- Feeling comfortable to stop at any time
- Having your words, feelings, and boundaries respected
- Protecting yourself, and the people you have sex with, from sexually transmissible infections (STIs)
- Avoiding unintended pregnancies — and having a plan if one happens
Safer sex is about keeping you — and the people that you have sex with — as physically and emotionally safe as you can. The best way to have safer sex is to understand what the emotional and physical risks might be, when you have sex.
It’s really important that you — and the people you have sex with — talk about the risks that come with having sex. Once you understand the risks, you can make clear choices about how to reduce those risks — and make plans for times when something might go wrong.
Risky sex can lead to situations that might change the rest of your life. It’s best to be as safe as you can be when you have sex!
Everybody faces their own risks when they have sex — emotional risks are especially complicated. It’s important that you, and the people you have sex with, are able to communicate clearly and honestly with each other about how sex might make you feel, or about things you do and don’t want to do.
Physical risks are more obvious — stuff like pregnancy, STIs, or hurting yourself.