A sage safe-sex summary

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Applying a Condom

1. Use condoms every time you have sex. Birth control doesn’t protect against STIs; to prevent both pregnancy and STIs use condoms in addition to birth control.

2. Limit your number of sexual partners.

3. Communicate with your partner. Talk about concerns, fears, what you are comfortable doing and contraception. Be honest â€" it will encourage honesty from your partner.

4. Visit your family doctor each year for a physical. Girls: endure a breast exam and a pap test once a year (when you are sexually active) to ensure sexual health.

5. Educate yourself. Learn the symptoms of STIs and what you need to be protected. Learn about contraception.

6. Get tested. If you have the slightest inclination to get tested for STIs, do so. Student Health Services physicians screen for all the common STIs including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, H.I.V., and hepatitis B.

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