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Safe Sex Practices

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What are safe sex practices?

Safe sex practices are ways to prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). An STI happens when a virus or bacteria are spread through sexual activity. Safe sex practices help decrease or prevent body fluid exchange during sex. Body fluids include saliva, urine, blood, vaginal fluids, and semen. Oral, vaginal, and anal sex can all spread STIs.

What are some safe sex practices to follow before I have sex?

What are some safe sex practices to follow while I am having sex?

Where can I find more information?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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