Safer Sex-Why Take A Big Risk For A Little Fun
In Jamaica, February 12 – 18 is celebrated as Safer Sex Week.What is safe sex? Safe sex is sexual activity in which precautions are taken to avoid spreading sexually transmitted infections. These precautions are using a condom with a water based lubricant for vaginal and anal intercourse, other barrier methods such as finger cots for fondling/caressing and dental dam for oral sex.Safe sex means making sure you do not get your partners blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or breast milk in your body - and protecting your partners too. Sex can also be safe between two FAITHFUL partners who have done the necessary medical tests at the start of their relationship.
While counselling a middle- aged man some months ago about the importance of safe sex and the different barrier methods that were available, he replied “this safe sex thing has taken all the fun out of sex, might as well we stop doing it!” Do you share the same sentiments? I sometimes feel that way too, but because I have seen so many persons infected with HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, I know that it is important for me to remember that sex carries with it some real dangers such as:
- unwanted pregnancy
- sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, human papillomavirus and gonorrhea
- cancer caused by papillomavirus (cervical cancer and colon cancer (especially in men who have sex with men)
- severe emotional distress
So, why take such a big risk for a little fun? Is it worth it? Does he or she has a body that is worth dying for? I don’t think so!
On the other hand, sex brings enormous satisfaction, comfort and happiness to millions of people. So, I want you to be able to enjoy its benefits, whether you're 18 or 80. But whatever your age group, I would like to stress the importance of having safe sex, which is the key to a safe and rewarding sexual relationship.
As we celebrate Safer Sex Week, the practices of safe sex should not be for this week only, but for the rest of your lives. So, be a responsible partner, and use a condom or other barrier methods every time you have sex. This is the ultimate key to a healthy, happy, and long life.