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Sexual health is a state of well-being that involves physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions, and is based on a positive, equitable, and respectful approach to sexuality, relationships, and reproduction that is free of coercion, fear, discrimination, stigma, shame, and violence.

The good news is that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, are mostly preventable if you practice safe sex. The following options can reduce your risk:

  • Use contraceptives correctly and every time. Use the Decide + Be Ready Mobile App to help make informed decisions.
  • Get vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Say no to sex or delay sex until you are truly ready.
  • Establish a long-term, mutually-monogamous relationship.
  • Talk with your doctor about the most effective contraception options for your lifestyle and needs.
  • Talk with your doctor about routine screening for early detection of HIV, chlamydia, and other STIs.
  • Discuss Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to prevent HIV with your doctor.
  • Use a buddy system when going out to prevent alcohol and sex related incidents.
  • For direct assistance regarding your sexual health, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Additional Resources: Want to find more about becoming sexually healthy? Click Here.

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