Top 5 Safe Sex Tips

1. Always Use A Condom

Use a condom each and every time you have sex. – It makes CONDOM sense! If you don’t have access to condoms, the Get S.M.A.R.T. Project gives out free condoms (male and female) on campus and there are several free condom dispensers on campus at Morgan State University.

In the heat of the moment, you might want to rely on the “he/she looks clean” fantasy, but you can’t look at someone to determine if they have a sexually transmitted infection. Be SMART: Always be prepared for safe sex by having a condom with you.

2. Talk About Sex

Open and honest communication with your partner can make safe sex more manageable. If you’re on the same page, then it can be less stressful and more enjoyable.

Be SMART: Respect yourself and create limits before having sex. If you don’t want to do something that your partner asks of you, you don’t have to. Having a partner who understands this will ensure that you have a safe and good experience.

3. Don't Mix Sex with Drinking & Drugs

When you’re drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, or engaging in some other type of drug, one of the first things to go is your judgment. It limits your ability to make healthy decisions. In the end, partying with friends or a night out on the town can quickly turn into you embarrassing yourself, getting hurt, non-consensual sex, an unplanned pregnancy, an STI or HIV.

Be SMART: Here’s the real deal: 70% of college students admit to engaging in unplanned sexual activity primarily as a result of drinking or having sex they wouldn’t have had if they had been sober. SUI (sex under the influence) can have long-term consequences.

4. Limit Your Number of Partners

If you are going to have sex, have it with just one person and ask about his or her sexual history. Sleeping around is not a good behavior.

Be SMART: The fewer partners you have will decrease your risk of contracting an STI.

5. Get Tested

If you or your partner has ever had any type of sexual contact (oral, vaginal, or anal) with another person, then testing can help you learn whether you may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or are HIV positive or negative.

Be SMART: You can’t rely on symptoms to know whether you have an STI or HIV — both can exist silently; causing no noticeable symptoms for long periods of times. The only way to know for sure is to get tested!

Be SMARTER: Each time you have unprotected sex, your most recent HIV test has expired.

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