Safe Sex

If you go beyond kissing and caressing, it’s important to have safe sex. To avoid getting sexually transmitted diseases, and if you don’t want to get pregnant, you should always have safe sex.

Facts

Staying Safe

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that you can get mainly through unprotected vaginal, anal, and oral sex. When we say unprotected sex, we mean sex without a condom.

How to talk about safe sex and STDs

Yes, this could be the most awkward and unromantic conversation you have with your partner. But! Couples that have this talk end up trusting each other more and having more fun in the bedroom – two big factors for a long-lasting relationship.

Wetter is better

People sometimes complain that using condoms reduces their sexual sensation – they say they want ‘flesh-to-flesh’ sex. Well, here are some tips to make things wetter, because wetter is better!

Safe or unsafe?

Making love is a fantastic part of life, but sex can also carry risks. There’s the risk of catching or passing on HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. And also of getting pregnant, or getting your partner pregnant, when that’s not something you want.

Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) generally affects women. It’s when the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted by an increase of more ‘harmful’ bacteria.

Scabies

Scabies is a very itchy, contagious skin infection caused by the scabies mite.

Pubic lice

Pubic lice are also known as ‘crabs’. Pubic lice are small parasites that dig underneath your skin, and feed on your blood.

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is also known as ‘trich’. It’s an STD that affects both women and men, but women are more likely to have symptoms.

HIV

HIV is short for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which causes AIDS. AIDS is short for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.

Water Warts

Water warts are caused by a virus called molluscum contagiosum. It’s a common viral infection that affects skin. If you become infected, your skin develops fluid-filled blisters.

Genital herpes

Genital herpes is an STD caused by 2 different types of herpes simplex virus (HSV). It looks like a cold sore or blister. While the virus is highly contagious, most people who have it don't get the cold sores or blisters.

Genital warts

Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). It’s one of the most common STDs worldwide.

Syphilis

Syphilis is an STD caused by a bacterium called Treponema palliduium. It’s known as the ‘great imitator’ because its symptoms are often hard to distinguish from other STDs.

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is caused by bacteria called Niesseria gonorrhoeae. It's very contagious. It can infect your throat, urethra (tube where urine comes from), vagina, and anus. 

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is an STD caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia can infect your urethra (the tube that leads from your bladder to where your pee comes out), vagina/cervix area, anus, or eyes.