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Is There "Safe Sex?"

There is no such thing as "safe sex."

No type of contraceptive pill or shot offers full protection against pregnancies and STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). That is important to know because the infection rate of STDs in the United States is skyrocketing. Currently, 33,000 people are infected with an STD each day in America.

Think oral sex is harmless fun?

Think again . . .
Your friends might think oral sex is no big deal because "it's not really sex." But don't kid yourself. It is sex and it's not safe. While you can't get pregnant from oral sex, you can get infected with STDs, which have become an epidemic. Each year, more than 15 million Americans get infected and the majority of them are under 25. You don't want to be one of them.

Physical risks . . .
Some of the STDs you can get infected with include syphilis, gonorrhea (which can infect your throat), genital herpes (which causes painful blisters) and HIV (which can kill you). You may also be able to get HPV (which can cause cancer) and Chlamydia. And it that weren't enough, oral sex can also increase a woman's risk of having multiple yeast infections. Not exactly harmless or fun!

Do Condoms Make Sex "Safe Enough"?

STDs are a real and present danger. Due to the risk, many have turned to condoms for protection under the assumption that condoms make sex safe.

Only abstinence until marriage to a healthy spouse
provides 100% protection against pregnancies and STDs.

Sources: "Oral Sex: Harmless Fun?" and "Do Condoms Make Sex Safe Enough?", The Medical Institute; "The Truth About...Abstinence",
 Abstinence Clearinghouse
. Used by permission.

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