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.