There are many barriers to having the “safer sex” conversation. For example, some people may fear that having this conversation will reduce the risk or cause them to lose a sexual opportunity.
Also, young adults may not perceive STIs, HIV, or unplanned pregnancy as a risk. When someone feels invulnerable they see no need to have the “safer sex” conversation. Data shows that no one (except those that abstain) is invincible from STIs, HIV and unplanned pregnancy. Because of this, it is important that sexually active individuals know how to negotiate safer sex.
Below are tips to talk with your partner about safer sex.
The “safer sex” conversation may involve some negotiation. A partner who is reluctant to practice safer sex may try to convince you to engage in risky sexual behavior (i.e. having sex without a condom). Be prepared for the reasons that he/she may have.
Here are some popular safer sex comebacks:
If you choose to engage in sexual activity, you should always know what’s in your safer sex toolbox. Safer sex supplies won’t do you any good if they aren’t available when you need them. Always plan ahead and have your toolbox available for when the time is right.
Your safer sex toolbox may include:
Remember, practicing safer sex EVERY time you engage in sexual activity can reduce your risk of HIV, STIs, and unplanned pregnancy!
Sources: Love Is Respect, Planned Parenthood, Women's Health, CDC, MayoClinic
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