Persuasive Essay On Safe Sex

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As my thirteen-year-old cousin, you are owed the information on how to have safe sex. This doesn’t mean you should go out and lose your virginity right away, but once you find someone you are comfortable enough to have sex with, and you are ready to do so, you need to know how to take the steps to prevent risks. These risks include contracting a sexually transmitted disease and the possibility of becoming pregnant. Before you have sex, you should always make sure you and your partner are tested. Now, when I say testing, I do not mean academic testing. Many doctor offices provide medical tests to see what sexually transmitted diseases you may or may not carry. Keep in mind that even though you are a virgin, you can still be born with sexually transmitted diseases. Chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, hepatitis, HIV, HPV, and syphilis are the most prevalent sexually transmitted …show more content…
according to Julie D. Canter in her article Practice Safer Sex, published on selfchec.org. Condoms are the best defense against the contraction of STDs, seeing as it creates a physical barrier between the penis and the vagina. If you plan on performing oral sex or anal sex, you should still use a condom because there is a possibility of contracting an STD—if your partner has been tested as positive for one. Every time you have sex, you are risking the possibility of becoming pregnant. Luckily, there are many ways to help prevent this. There are both barrier and hormonal prevention methods (Johnson 389-390), which work best when used together. Barrier methods include the male condom as well as the female condom. The female condom gives the woman control over protection, but the male condom has a much higher success rate. Female condoms prevent sperm from traveling up through the cervix. The male condom traps sperm and prevents it from ever entering the vagina. The

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