Safer sex is using condoms (ordams) and a water-based lubricant when engaging in sexual contact. Practising safer sex will help to prevent you getting a sexually transmissible infection (STI) and/or experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.
You can also protect yourself from STIs by:
Having sex with only one monogamous partner
Reducing the number of people you have sex with.
Not having sex
A lot of the time, a person does not even know they have an STI. About 80% of people who have Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea (the two most common STIs in Western Australia) have NO symptoms. Therefore, it is always important to protect yourself during sexual activity.
There are really good reasons why sexually active people should practise safe sex:
You can’t tell whether someone has an STI based on how they look
STIs are common
Just because you don’t have symptoms doesn’t mean that you don’t have an STI
To minimise the impact and further transmission of HIV, other blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. To reduce social, legal and policy barriers which prevent access to health information and effective support and prevention services.