The decision to be sexually active is a personal choice.
Access to medically accurate sexual health information is your right.
Condoms are a great way to protect yourself against pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases/infections.
But they aren't fool-proof.
Knowing your risk and getting tested at regular intervals are important parts of maintaining your sexual health.
If you think you are at an increased risk for HIV, be sure to consider PrEP for HIV prevention.
You can get syphilis by direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
You can get chlamydia by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has chlamydia.
You can get genital herpes by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the disease.
Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women ages 15-44.
Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs. It is a complication often caused by some STDs.
HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus. This virus can weaken a person's immune system by destroying important cells that fight infection and disease. HIV can be transmitted sexually or through needle sharing.