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How to stay safe when having sex this summer

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We both know that you would be kidding yourself if you were to say that the best form of sex safe is to be celibate because that’s not going to happen for many of us.

There’s nothing wrong with having a bit of fun this summer, but safer sex is all about protecting yourself without the worries of STD’s interrupting your special moment.

In the words of Charlotte Crosby “ If you’re not in a relationship you should be getting tested every six months.”

Safer sex can help you stay healthy and make your sex life even better! If you didn’t know, STDs are infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual activity. That includes a long list of oral, anal and vaginal sex, or genital skin to skin contact with another person.

Safe sex can be fun, it just means you’re taking extra steps to protect yourself and your partner from STD's when you do decide to get down and dirty.  There are lots of ways in which you can make sex safer. One of the best ways is to use a barrier- like condoms or female condoms. I know it sounds annoying but you should use either (or both) every time you have oral, anal or vaginal sex.

Barriers cover parts of your bits, protecting you and your partner from body fluids and some skin-to-skin contact, which can, unfortunately, spread STD's.  If you do decide to be risky and have unprotected sex, the best way to avoid any STD's would be to get tested regularly.

Be warned, even if you do use a condom and feel totally fine, it's still a good idea to get tested this summer. Most people with STD's don’t have any symptoms or know that they’re infected. So get tested as it’s the only way to know whether you have an STD or not.

Don’t be scared getting treatment isn’t a big deal and you can stay healthy, whilst avoiding giving it to other people. It sounds kinky, but sticking to sexual activities which don’t spread STD's are an excellent way to change up your sex life and try something new this summer. Like outercourse or mutual masturbation, it’s a great way to still get some pleasure and be intimate with another person.

If you plan on going to any wild parties this summer another way to make sex safer is avoiding drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs. Getting smashed can often make us forgot how important safer sex is and, you might make decisions that can increase your chances of getting an STD. It can also be harder to use a condom correctly when you’re drunk or high. 

The only way to be totally safe from an STD would be to never have sexual contact with another person, however, this just wouldn't work for many of us. So if you’re going to have sex, making it safer sex is the best way to help you avoid getting or passing on an STD.

My final tip would be if you’re going to have sex outside in the hot weather make sure you wear factor 50 to avoid getting places you wouldn’t want to get burnt.

So, with that being said, enjoy yourself this summer without any stress or worries.

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