How often have you heard the phrase, “It is better to prevent than to lament?” When the issue is on safe sex, most likely everyone will come across hearing that question. Some people might not understand the importance of having protected sex, but in reality, it is a very significant topic that all teenagers must understand and apply to their personal sex life. Safe sex has been designed to mainly reduce the chances of catching an infection during sexual intercourse. It is also designed to avoid developing certain diseases such as sexually transmitted disease (STDs) like AIDS, HIV, and hepatitis.
Unsafe sex is when people engage in sexual intercourse without using any sort of protection. They do not use any contraception and they do not use any other form of preventive measures against sexually transmitted diseases. It was around the 1960s when many people started to show signs of being infected with AIDS. The dangers and precautions of contracting AIDS became so real that in the late 1980s safe sex practices officially became prominent and crucial.
Despite the fact that many use contraceptives and other methods to reduce risks, safe sex will never be complete risk elimination.
Even though safe sex is used as a form of family planning, it usually applies to trying to prevent infections. Certain barrier methods of contraception normally used by teenagers are the male and female condom, spermicides in the form of foam, contraceptive pills (birth control pills), and the contraceptive patch.
When people are engaged in sexual intercourse, it is a wonderful feeling where powerful expression of love and passion is expressed.
It shows how attracted you are to your partner, but despite all these good feelings, one has to be extra precautious when it comes to the consequences of having sex. Pregnancy and infectious diseases are two of the main reasons why everyone should be extra careful when engaged in sexual activities. Do not do anything that you will later regret. Take the right and correct actions, but it is too late.
Epigee Women’s Health. “Responsible Choices and You.” 2005. <http://www.epigee.org/health/sexuality.html>.
Sussman, Lisa. iVillage. “Birth Control A-Z.” 2006. <http://health.ivillage.com/gyno/gynobc/0,,j6nr,00.html>.