Condoms help protect both partners from pregnancy and STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) – with both genital and oral sex. It’s about respect – and responsibility – for yourself and your partner. Before deciding to have sex it pays to think about protecting yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
You’ve already taken a big step by looking for answers to your questions and getting the facts.
Not having sex is the best way to keep from getting an STI or STD, but if you choose to be sexually active, using condoms correctly and consistently is a key way to reduce risks.
Don’t be shy to talk with your partner about safer sex and condoms. For both of you, this is one of the most important conversations you can have. It’s also one of the smartest!