Back to Sexual health. Find out about the risks of getting a sexually transmitted infection STI from different sexual activities. This is because infections can be present in pre-ejaculate fluid pre-come.
A contagious disease that can be transferred to another person through sexual intercourse or other sexual contact. Many of the organisms that cause sexually-transmitted diseases live on the mucous membranes that line the urethra, vagina, anus, and mouth. Some also live on the skin.
Historicallywhen sex education was introduced to the general public, content was focused on puberty education for cisgender people, heterosexual sex, pregnancy prevention, and reduction of sexually transmitted infections STIs. During that time, there was a great deal of stigma and discrimination associated with being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual LGBTQIA. Sex education programs were, instead, developed based on the assumption that those receiving the information were solely heterosexual and cisgender.
A to Z Feedback Contact us Emergency information. What is safe sex? Safe sex is the use of condoms and water based lubricant during anal or vaginal intercourse.
Although sex should be an enjoyable activity, it can put you at risk in several ways. Because it involves being very close intimate with another person, it may allow infections to pass from one person to another. Other risks to think about include pregnancy, emotional consequences and legal issues.
Being prepared, being ready, and being safe are healthy and wise. Preventing getting or spreading sexually transmitted infections STIssuch as HIV, gonorrhea, or syphilis, helps both you and your partners stay disease-free. Plus, smart use of birth control can help you avoid an unplanned pregnancy.
Safer sex means not allowing your partner's body fluids blood, semen, vaginal fluids into your body and vice versa. It can also mean covering up parts of the body that might be infectious such as herpes, sores or warts when you are having sex. If you do want to have sex, there are ways that you can reduce your risk of catching or passing on an infection.
Click to talk to a trained teen volunteer. Talking about safer sex can be tricky no matter who you are. Everyone is responsible for their own sexual health.
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You can make sex safer by doing some of the things suggested in this guide - for instance, just for some types of sex or with some sexual partners - even if you don't do all of them all of the time. Safer sex means having sex with less risk of transmission catching or passing on a sexually transmitted infection STI. The risk of catching each infection is different, and also varies according to the type of sex you are having such as oral, vaginal or anal sex. For example: - Herpes is often passed on through oral sex, but HIV is rarely passed on this way.