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How to talk about STIs
You shouldn’t feel uncomfortable about discussing protection with your partner. Wanting to protect yourself doesn’t mean that you don’t trust the other person, but rather that you want to find a way to avoid having your pleasure turn into a nightmare.

You can tell the other person: “If you want to take risks, that’s your business! I’m afraid of diseases, not of you!” Remember that the CONDOM is the only effective method to protect against pregnancy, many STIs, and HIV.

Here are some easy excuses often made for not using a condom.

It’s important to know that all these excuses are no reason for you to risk your life and your health by agreeing to have unprotected sex.

  • “There’s no danger of STIs or HIV. Those stories aren’t true.”
  • “Don’t worry! It’s not dangerous at our age.”
  • “If you really loved me, you’d want to make love without protection.”
  • “If you don’t want to, it’s over between us.”
  • “You’re not cool... Just once without a condom…”
  • “We’re faithful to each other, we don’t need condoms.”
  • “It’s not really sex if there’s no penetration.”
  • “Trust me, I don’t need a condom, I don’t have any bugs.”
  • “Nobody in our gang uses condoms.”
Between the two of you, you’re sure to come up with a fun way to incorporate condoms into your sex life. The important thing is to talk about it and be creative!
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