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Important information about safer sex

Sex is not compulsory in any relationship, but you owe it to yourself to find out as much as you can about sex and how to keep yourself safe before making any decisions.

Some important things to remember:

  • The legal age for having sex is 16.
  • It is your body and you decide when it is right for you to have sex. You should not feel pressured into anything.
  • Having unprotected sex will mean you could be at risk of becoming pregnant or catching a Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI)
  • Methods of contraception such as the pill will protect you from pregnancy but not STI's.
  • If you are in a same sex relationship it is also important that you practice safe sex to prevent the risk of catching an STI.

Sexual Health is an important part of general health and it is all our responsibilities to look after our sexual health and protect ourselves and others. There are 101 ways to show somebody you love them without having sex and it is not essential to a relationship. It is important that you both feel ready before you have sexual intercourse.

Some important things to remember:

  • The legal age for having sexual intercourse in the UK is 16
  • You should never feel pressured into having sex; it should be your decision.
  • Using condoms properly can protect you from a sexually transmitted infection and help to avoid a pregnancy
  • It is recommended that you use contraception such as the oral contraception pill (for females) or the injection or implant to protect against pregnancy and condoms to protect against a sexually transmitted infection, such as chlamydia
  • It is still important to practice safe sex (use protection) whether you are in a heterosexual relationship or same sex relationship
  • You can visit your local sexual health services for any advice, information, contraception and free condoms go to 
  • You can visit National organisations that offer advice and support - Think u know is the place for information and advice on love sex and relationships; R U Thinking? is a good place young people should check for advice, information and support on sexual relationships;