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  • Safe sex is sexual contact that doesn't involve the exchange of semen, vaginal fluids or blood between partners. Learn how to practise safer sex.
  • If used correctly, condoms can dramatically reduce the risk of most sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy.
  • Having regular STI screening and reducing the number of sexual partners also reduces the transmission risk of STIs.
  • Safe sex is sometimes referred to as ‘safer sex’ because condoms and other barrier methods may not be 100% effective in preventing STIs. It’s important when using condoms that you fit them correctly.

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Reviewed on: 31-08-2022