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I am very good at taking my birth controll pills. My boyfriend doesn’t like using condoms. Is it safe to have sex without it if i’m sure he doesn’t have an STD?

The only way for you both to be sure that neither of you have a sexually transmitted infection is to be tested. Otherwise, you cannot know for sure. Sexually transmitted infections are passed from one person to another during sexual contact. That means that if neither you nor your boyfriend has one, and neither of you has sex with anyone else, you won’t get infected by having sex with each other.

Keep in mind, though, that infections often do not have symptoms, and you may not know if you or your boyfriend has an infection. That’s why it’s important to get tested — at least once a year.

Birth control pills are very effective. They’re most effective when taken correctly. Less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they always take the pill each day as directed. About 8 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they don’t always take the pill each day as directed.

The pill will protect against pregnancy, whether or not you use a condom. But the safest thing to do is to use a condom every time because even if you don’t have an infection the day you get your test results, one of you could pick up an infection the day after.

Tags: the pill, STDs, condoms