Safer sex starts with thinking about sex risks and then making safer sex decisions. This includes decisions about:
- what you will and won't do
- decisions about the amount of risk you're willing to take when it comes to STIs or pregnancy.
No Risk Choices
- Holding hands
- Physical contact with your clothes on
Low Risk Choices
- Stroking, touching the other person's skin
- Fondling, feeling the other person's skin
Medium Risk Choices
- Oral sex with a condom or an "oral dam" between you and the other person
- Vaginal intercourse with a condom
- Anal intercourse with a condom and water-based lubricant
High Risk Choices
- Oral sex without a condom or "oral dam"
- Vaginal intercourse without a condom
- Anal intercourse without a condom
- Sharing sex toys
Sexual activity also has emotional risks. You could get your feelings hurt or your heart broken. You could also find that your "love life" becomes a hot topic of conversation. If it does some people may label you with words that are hurtful - like "slut", "skank" or "sleeze".