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Sexual Responsibility

Sexual 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) and unplanned pregnancy.

This image depicts key factors for healthy relationships:  Good communication, support, equality, fairness, trust, honesty, mutual respect, and time.Salt-N-Pepa said it best… “Let’s talk about sex, baby.” 

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:

  • Understanding your choice to be sexually active
  • Being informed on sexuality, sexual health, and the components of a healthy relationship
  • Having the ability to communicate with your partner, which includes seeking true consent (a sober, verbal yes) every time you engage in sexual activity with your partner
  • Taking extra precautions to protect yourself and your partner from STIs, HIV, and unplanned pregnancy

Your Choice to be Sexually Active

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:

  • Why do I want to have sex?
  • What types of sexual activity am I interested in?
  • What type of safer sex methods will I use?
  • What type of contraceptive method will I use?
  • How will I communicate all of this to my partner? 

Remember, it’s always your choice if you will or will not be sexually active. No one should ever force your or try to persuade you to engage in sexual activity against your will. 

For more sexual responsibility information, click the links below.

Sources: Love Is RespectPlanned Parenthood, Women's Health, CDC, MayoClinic

Disclaimer: This site is a resource for IUP students. It is not intended to replace consultation with your medical providers. IUP Health Service staff members are available to treat and give medical advice to IUP students. Visit the IUP Health Service website for more information. 

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