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Sex Tips : How To Have Safer Sex

It's all well and good to know that you should be practicing safer sex in order to reduce your chance of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease, but how do you have safe sex? Find out here, with all the safe sex tips you'll ever need.
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  2. Oral Sex Tips (13)
  3. Safe Sex FAQs (7)
  4. Sex Myths (6)

How to Have Sex Safely
If you're dating, particularly casually, it's important to have sex safely. Practicing safe sex every time you have sex can help to protect you against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Safe sex is particularly important when you're having sexual intercourse, although you should also consider having safe oral sex.

Having Sex - What is Sex
What is sex? Have you ever really thought about the question? Everyone has a different idea of what it means to be having sex with someone. What does it mean for you?

Are We Having Sex Yet?
Does it matter what it means when we say that we're having sex with someone? When it comes to safe sex, it probably does, because many people may choose to disregard safer sex precautions if they don't think they're having sex. Which leads to the central question of this article... what is sex?

The Pre-Sex Checklist
Before you have sex with a new partner for the first time, there are a lot of things that you need to think about. That's why I've put together this handy checklist of questions to ask yourself and your partner. There's also a list of things to think about so that you're ready to respond to the questions that they should be asking you.

The Mechanics of Safer Sex
Making sex safer isn't difficult. It just requires some knowledge and a bit of preparation in advance.

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Contracting an STD
You know you want to have sex, but what's the best way to do so as safely as possible? How can you reduce the risk of contracting an STD?

The Hidden Dangers of Nonoxynol-9
Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) may reduce your risk of pregnancy, but it can actually increase your risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease. Learn more about why this spermicide that is supposed to protect you might be damaging your health.

Sex How To - How To Talk About Sex Safety With a New Partner
When you first start dating someone, it can be pretty scary to have "the talk" before you have sex. Hopefully this information will help.

Sex Talk - Users Talk About How They Talk About Sex
Talking about sex with your partner can be scary. It helps to know that other people have done it many times, and done it successfully. This is a place for users to share stories about their experiences talking about safe sex, std testing, and other topics with their sexual partners.

Can Fingering Give me An STD?
There is almost no published research addressing the question of whether fingering (digital-vaginal penetration, manual penetration, heavy petting, whatever you want to call it) is a risk factor for STD transmission, but logic says it should be.

Safer Sex For Lesbians
Safer sex tips for lesbians - because women who love women have different health concerns.

Making Casual Sex an Active Choice
It's a revolutionary idea to some people, but you don't have to have casual sex just because you and your potential partner find each other attractive. You can enjoy the attraction, go home, and possibly get together another day

What is a Microbicide?
Microbicides are topical compounds that can be used to protect against STDs during rectal or vaginal intercourse

Things To Talk About Before Having Sex
Before you start having sex with a new partner, there are some questions you should ask to keep yourself safe. Have you each been tested for STDs? Do you have the supplies you need to practice safer sex?

Does Virginity Protect Me From STDs?
Some people believe that virginity is a shield against STDs. However, just because someone says they're a virgin doesn't mean they haven't been having sex. It may just mean they've been avoiding vaginal intercourse, and, when it comes to STD risk, that's a very different thing.

10 Bad Habits People Learn by Emulating the Sex In Porn
When people try to learn about sex by emulating the sex in porn, they can pick up some pretty unsafe techniques. Although there is certainly some porn that shows hot and healthy habits, there are also a lot of ways that people have sex in porn that can cause some real health problems.

Is It Possible To Have Safe Casual Sex or a Risk-Free One Night Stand?
If you choose to have one night stands and other forms of casual sex, you have to realize that you are accepting some level of risk. However, it may be possible to reduce the risks of a one night stand by engaging in a little less than casual conversation.

Safer Threesomes
My users ask me the best questions, but this one has to be one of my favorites. "How do you have a safer threesome?"

What are some barrier methods that can be used to protect against STDs?
Several different types of barrier methods can be used to reduce your STD risk. They each have their advantages and disadvantages

10 Things to Stop Doing If You Want to Improve Your Sexual Health
Want to improve your sexual health? Here are 10 things that you should probably stop doing, if you want to have safer, and hotter, sex.

Can you get HPV from fingering or fisting?
I was recently asked whether it was possible to get HPV from someone fingering or fisting you without wearing a glove.

Choosing The Right Condom For Your Night In
Planning a sexy night in? It's a good idea to plan ahead by picking out the right supplies to make your night both safe and fun.

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