responsibility means making informed decisions and safer sex choices (including
abstinence). Being sexually responsible involves respecting your partner, having open communication about all forms of sexual activity, as well as taking
precautions against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, and unplanned
If you choose to engage in sexual activity, remember safe sex is not always enough. You should strive to practice safer sex. There are many components to safer sex, including:
Before you become sexually active, you should think about a few things. If you’re already sexually active, it’s still okay to stop and ask yourself the following questions:
Remember, it’s always your choice if you will or will not be sexually active. No one should ever force you or try to persuade you to engage in sexual activity against your will. For more information about sexual assault, visit the Haven Project website.
Sources: Love Is Respect, Planned Parenthood, Women's Health, CDC, MayoClinic
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