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Although it can feel very awkward and even nerve-wracking to have a conversation with your partner about sex, it is very important to talk and be open before you find yourself in a situation where your personal values are challenged or you are taking risks that are unhealthy. Here are some tips:

Be Honest

  • About your past relationships.
  • About the importance of being protected and safe.
  • About your personal values and boundaries.
  • About your emotions and feelings.

Be Responsible

  • Decide who will be responsible for making sure condoms are available.
  • Make sure you know what methods of protection you and your partner will use to prevent pregnancy and disease.
  • Visit the clinic to be tested for STIs before you are active with a new partner.
  • Have a conversation about responsibility and feelings before you get caught in the heat of the moment.
  • Avoid situations that might make it difficult to stay safe.