Different kinds of sex have different risks
There are different ways of having sex. You can have sex in a way that you don’t infect someone with an STD or get infected yourself. Caressing is one way. Oral sex is safer than sexual intercourse.
You don’t need to worry about STD if neither of you have had sex before.
A condom offers great protection
To protect yourself if you have sexual intercourse, it is a good idea to use a condom. A condom is a thin cover that is put on the penis when it is hard, before vaginal or anal intercourse.
It is important that the condom is in place the entire time you have sexual intercourse, so that it can protect you from STD's.
Condoms can be bought at pharmacies, kiosks and supermarkets, as well as on the Internet. Most Youth Guidance Centres offer free condoms.
A femidom is another form of protection that is like a condom. You insert it into the vagina when you are going to have sexual intercourse. You can read more about femidoms in the text about birth control.
Slide show about condoms
Most condoms are made of a kind of rubber that is called latex. There are also plastic condoms you can use if you are allergic to latex.
Condoms come in different sizes. Most condoms are about 5 centimetres wide and 18–20 centimetres long.
The width is more important than the length for a condom that fits well. It doesn’t matter if the condom is longer or shorter than the penis.
Condoms are not to be stored in a location that is too hot or too cold. They are not to be pinched or rubbed against anything. A pocket in your jacket or a purse is a good place to store a condom. Do not use a condom that has become old. It can dry out and may burst. There is usually a date on the package.
Most condoms have a lubricant on the outside. This is a transparent fluid that makes the condom slippery. If you want more lubricant, use one that is suitable for condoms. You can buy lubricants at a pharmacy. Do not use oil or skin lotion together with a condom. This could make the condom break.