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Safer Sex Practices

ABSTINENCE
This is the ONLY way to protect yourself completely. Many college students are choosing not to have sex.

MONOGAMY
Say NO! to casual sex. Having one partner for a short time and then moving on to another partner (serial monogamy) is high-risk behavior.

COMMUNICATE
Be direct and honest with partners. TALK first!

STAY SOBER
Alcohol and other drugs lower your ability to make sensible self- protecting decisions. Drunk sex is rarely safer sex.

CONDOMS
Use a lubricated condom every time you have sex, even if you are using another form of birth control

RUBBER DAMS or plastic wrap---Use with oral sex to prevent transmission of STI's.

CHOOSE LOWER RISK SEXUAL ACTIVITIES
Kissing, hugging, massaging and touching are generally safer activities than intercourse.