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Guide to Safe Sex in The New Year

Posted by Brian Sprowl on January 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

“Safe sex is great sex”

That saying is not only catchy but it is true in so many ways. Sex is great, but there are so many risks involved when engaging in sexual activity. From sexually transmitted infections and diseases to unplanned pregnancies, one could argue that the risks from sex far outweigh the pleasures of a five second orgasm.

In the society we live in today, sex is an everyday thing. Most people don’t wait until marriage to lose their virginity to their partner anymore. Sex isn’t as sacred as it once was, and it is no longer taboo for one to engage in pre-marital sex. But this article isn’t a holy conversation about whether or not pre-marital sex is right or wrong. For all intents and purposes, let’s assume that the people reading this are comfortable with having sex before marriage.

There are several ways to go about having safe sex. But the only fool proof way of being completely safe from the consequences of having sex is restraining from sex all together, i.e. abstinence. However, if you do intend to engage in sexual activity, then here are some easy things to keep in mind in order to have the safest sex possible.

  • First, always use condoms! That is the obvious way to have safe sex. Yes, it is true that condoms aren’t 100% safe, as there are breaks and other freak accidents. But if used properly, condoms are your best bet to have the safest sex, which will cut down on the chances of unplanned pregnancies and catching sexually transmitted infections and diseases. To be the safest, condoms should be used during all forms of sexual activity, not just vaginal penetration. There are special condoms for oral sex, for both for men and women. Remember, STD’s can be transmitted orally as well through penetration.

Make sure you not only know your status, but the status of your partner(s).

  • Don’t be afraid to ask if your partner has been tested, and definitely don’t be afraid to ask your partner to get tested with you. In these situations, if your partner has an issue with talking about their status or getting tested, then that should serve as an obvious red flag, and you should probably stop engaging in sexual activity with them immediately. After all, if they don’t care about their own health, then what makes you think that they care about yours.

When engaging in sexual activity, some of the best condom brands to use include Trojan, Durex, and Lifestyle.

Another thing that should be discussed is whether or not the female is on birth control, and if she isn't, does she want to start. Like condoms, birth control is not 100% effective, and it also doesn’t protect you from STD’s, but the mix of condoms and birth control will drastically reduce the chances of a female getting pregnant during sexual activity.

When in the moment, it’s easy to lose track of everything and to just say “F it!” let’s just do it, regardless of whether or not you have protection. But before you decide to have sex without a condom, just remember the possible outcomes that could happen. It is better to prolong satisfaction than to go for immediate gratification with all the risks entailed in doing so.

So if you don’t have a condom, get one!

Sex can hold off a few minutes to avoid being locked into something for the next 18 years, or to avoid having to take medications to treat a sickness for the rest of your life.

Out of all the ways listed to have safe sex, the one thing that wasn’t mentioned but probably is the smartest and safest thing to do would be to just simply wait until marriage. Being that marriage is supposed to be a sacred entity, that means you will only be sharing yourself with one partner for the rest of your life. Ideally, that would be what everyone did, but in today’s society, saving yourself for marriage and for one person is seen as unrealistic. We live in an over sexualized society. Sex is literally everywhere we turn.

While the STD rates might not be as high as some other places in the world such as countries in Africa, they are still alarmingly high in some areas in the United States. According to the latest statistics from 2011 by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there were millions of reported STD cases. The highest reported number of STD cases was for Chlamydia, with over 1.4 million reported cases in 2011. Hundreds of thousands of other cases for different STD’s were also reported, some higher than previous numbers in recent years. So STD’s are very much real and around us, which is why it is especially important that you protect yourself from everything floating around.

So if you are going to engage in sex, please be smart, and be safe, because it could ultimately be the difference between life and death.

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