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Safe sex , also known as safer sex, is when you have sex with the lowest risk of sexually transmitted diseases STDs such as HIV , herpes , and syphilis. It can make your sex life better by improving communication and trust among you and your partners. STDs, also known as sexually transmitted infections STIs , spread during vaginal, oral, or anal sex or close intimate contact. Many of these infections are carried in bodily fluids like semen, blood , or vaginal fluids.
Others are on your skin. Safe sex means not letting your partner's semen or vaginal fluids get inside your vagina , anus , penis , or mouth. It also means avoiding genital skin-to-skin contact, because some STDs spread by touch alone.
Safe sex also means being careful if you have cuts, sores, or bleeding gums ; these can raise the risk of spreading disease. Anyone can get an STD. Young people who have more than one sexual partner, gay men, and bisexual men are at the highest risk.
You might not notice any symptoms. They can differ depending on the disease. If your partner has HIV or another STD, or if you don't know their sexual history, the safest sexual activities involve things like:. If you have one, safe sex can help keep you from giving it to your partner.
You might forget to use a condom or take part in riskier activities than you usually would. Get regular medical checkups. Keep an eye out for sores, blisters , rashes , or discharge. In fact, it might spread an infection and wash away spermicide. You might think you don't need to practice safe sex if both you and your partner have HIV.
But safe sex will help protect you from other STDs and other strains of HIV, which might not respond well to medication. Barriers block many infectious things, including viruses and bacteria. Most people use male condoms made of latex.
These cost more than male condoms and take a little more practice to learn how to use. Ask your doctor about medications called pre-exposure prophylaxis PrEP. PrEP has some side effects, like nausea , but they usually go away over time. What Is Safe Sex? Safe sex is protected sex during every sexual encounter. What Is the Safest Sex? If your partner has HIV or another STD, or if you don't know their sexual history, the safest sexual activities involve things like: Fantasizing or having phone sex Touching yourself masturbation while having your partner touch themselves mutual masturbation Caressing your partner with nonsexual massage Rubbing against your partner's body with clothes on Kissing.
Be open with new partners. Talk about past partners, history of STDs, and any drug use. Barriers for Safe Sex Barriers block many infectious things, including viruses and bacteria. Follow these steps when using condoms and other barriers: Use a new barrier every time you have sex. Use only latex condoms that are deed to prevent disease. You can buy these without a prescription. Use only water-based lubricants, such as K-Y Jelly, with latex condoms. Don't use oil- or petroleum-based lubricants such as Vaseline or hand lotion; they can cause the rubber to break.
Keep condoms in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Don't keep a condom in your wallet for more than a few hours at a time. During oral sex, cover the entire genital or anal area with a barrier. You can use a "dental dam" latex squares that you can buy at medical supply stores or adult shops , a large piece of plastic wrap, or an unused condom cut lengthwise. If you and your partner have HIV, use latex surgical gloves when exploring each other sexually. Small cuts on your hands could get infected with or spread HIV. Continued Ask your doctor about medications called pre-exposure prophylaxis PrEP.
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