Safe sex refers to sexual activity in which people take precautions to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.
Safe sex enables men and women to enjoy sexual activities without worrying about contracting HIV or other STIs. It also helps to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Infections can spread when one person’s bodily fluids are transferred into another person’s body. Practicing safe sex means that you won’t get another person’s blood, semen, vaginal fluids, breast milk or other bodily discharges in your body, thus protecting you against a range of infections.
At Marie Stopes centres around South Africa, our trained staff are able to advise you on practicing safe sex. They can answer your questions and provide information on the types of protection that are available to you.
Contact us TOLL FREE on 0800 11 77 85 for advice or information, or to book an appointment at your nearest Marie Stopes centre.
How to practice safe sex
There are many steps you can take to ensure that you practice safe sex, including the following:
Use a condom.
If you’re already sexually active already, you should use a condom every time you have sex. Alternatively, delaying having sex is the most effective way to protect yourself against unwanted pregnancy , STIs, HIV and HPV transmission. Both men and women should use condoms (you can find out more about female condoms at any Marie Stopes centre).
Limit the number of sexual partners you have.
Ideally, you should have sex only with one person, and they should only have sex with you. The more people you engage in sexual activity with, the greater the risk you face.
Go for HIV counselling and testing with your partner.
Know your status, and your partner’s status, before engaging in sexual activity. Remember that HIV is not the only STI there is.
If possible, learn the sexual history of your partner, including how many partners they’ve had, and whether they’ve ever tested positive for an STI, such as HIV, herpes, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. You deserve to know whether you’re facing any risks, and regardless of whether they’ve had any of these infections, you should always protect yourself.
Don’t simply trust your partner if he or she says that they do not have an STI.
Know how to spot the symptoms of STIs, and also remember that a person can have an STI without showing any symptoms.
Get free safe sex advice from Marie Stopes call centres
You can get free safe sex advice at any Marie Stopes centres around South Africa. You can also find out more about male and female condoms, contraceptive methods and HIV and STI testing and treatment.
Practicing safe sex is simple, and it could save your life.
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