How can I make sex safer?

couples

  • Before you have sex, talk with your partner. Agree to use condoms (rubbers).
  • Use a latex condom every time you have vaginal sex, oral sex or anal sex. Male and female condoms are now available.
  • Be prepared. Both men and women should carry condoms.
  • Don’t use lotions, creams or Vaseline with latex condoms. The oil in these products can weaken the condom. Use water-based lubricants such as K-Y Jelly.
  • Spermicides, especially those with N-9 are not effective in preventing STDs, including HIV. N-9 may increase your risk for infection with HIV. If you use a spermicide for birth control, use it along with condoms, not in place of condoms.
  • Know that you are more likely to get an STD if you have more than one partner.
  • Get tested for STDs if you or your partner have had other partners.

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