Safe sex is intercourse with protective means or devices to decrease the risk of getting or transmitting sexually transmitted diseases, specifically HIV or AIDS. ” condom use” and “barrier use” are common terms used to describe such sexual practices. Safe sex can reduce the risk of getting infected with HIV or AIDS as well as other sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, it is estimated that over 24 million people in the United States have HIV and AIDS. ” condom use” and “barrier use” are also sometimes used to indicate that certain safe sex practices don’t completely eliminate STI (sexually transmitted diseases) risks.
Many people assume that safe sex means that sexual partners use condoms or other devices to prevent pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. However, that is not true. Using condoms and other devices to prevent pregnancy or STDs prevents the transmission of those diseases. So the term “safe sex” isn’t necessarily referring to sexual behavior with protective measures. There are many other types of safe sex that actually promote health by boosting the immune system or helping the body’s natural ability to fight disease.
Condoms do provide some protection against STIs and pregnancy but are not totally safe. When a man has sex with a woman who has not used condoms or has an active infection, there is a 50% chance that she could become infected. That’s because the male genital tract is not covered by the condom, making the vagina more susceptible to bacteria from the penis. Some doctors recommend that men wear non-latex condoms during intercourse to boost the protection available to women. This is one way that AIDS and HIV can be prevented.
Not all sexual activity is protected with condoms. For example, many workplaces have rules about smokers and chewing tobacco. Both these behaviors can transmit harmful bacteria from the cigarettes to the partners during sexual activity. To lower the chance of STIs and pregnancy caused by smoking or using tobacco, it’s better to quit. There are many other ways to limit your partners’ exposure to STDs, including using a barrier like a dental dam to prevent the exchange of saliva during sexual intercourse. You can also use condoms to protect yourself during oral sex.
Abstinence is another way to make sure you are keeping the ‘vaginas safe’. Having sex without protection is one of the leading causes of gonorrhea infection. Abstinence doesn’t have to involve abstinence. In fact, most STDs can be spread through sexual contact. A good way to boost your partner’s immunity to avoid catching an STD is to have them abstain from having sex until they have received a proper diagnosis from a doctor.
There are also products on the market that are geared toward ensuring safe sex. Two popular items are the Diaper Cams that fits inside of your diaper and the Prostate Healthy Ring that fit on the penis. These products allow only a very small amount of skin to come into contact with the body, so the possibility of transmission is slim. These items are also effective at preventing the spread of STDs, as they don’t allow anyone to have an erection while wearing the device.
A majority of the interviewees were asked if they considered themselves to be ‘very religious.’ While almost half (nearly 55%) said yes, the biggest reason they did not consider abstinence to be a safe sex practice was the fact that they felt it was a religious thing and it wouldn’t be right for them to do. Religious folks should be sure to use a condom, and everyone, regardless of belief should use protection when they have anal, oral or vaginal sex.
As the writer pointed out in the above article, many people view abstinence as a religious concept. That is unfortunate, because there is nothing wrong with it from a personal perspective, but from a public health standpoint it is just not a sound practice. Condoms, diapering, and pregnancy are all things that should be encouraged for the sake of sexual safety. Abstinence does not fit into this equation, and a better way to approach the issue is to teach people how to have healthy, productive conversations about permanent abstinence instead of teaching people about safety.