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Tag: STIs

Apr 25

Using Condoms Correctly

Posted By iamincontrol | April 25, 2013

By ShaleyCondoms

You may be wondering – What’s the big deal about using condoms anyway?

Did you know that condoms are the only way to help protect against STIs? Other birth controls, like the pill, only help protect against unplanned pregnancy. The pill does not help protect against STIs at all! This is why it is so important to use condoms. However, in order for condoms to work you must use them CORRECTLY and CONSISTENTLY every time you have sex.  Using a condom to protect yourself and your partner shows a lot of responsibility on your part, so you can be proud that your actions are keeping you both safe and healthy.

Here are the steps to using a condom the correct way:

  1. Check the date – Condoms expire ya know! Read More
Apr 2

Top 10 Tips for Having a Fun & Safe Prom Night

Posted By iamincontrol | April 2, 2013

The results are in!  Last month’s poll was:

What are you looking forward to most on prom night?

You guys said…

  • Dancing the night away (55%)
  • Spending a romantic evening with my date (11%)
  • The before and after party (11%)
  • Dressing up (11%)
  • I’m not looking forward to anything (11%)

Prom night will probably be one of the things you remember most about high school, so here are some ways to make sure your prom night is full of good memories and not regret.

  1. First, remember to have fun!  Surround yourself with friends who will dance and laugh the night away with you.
  2. Remember that you don’t need a date to have a good time.  Going with a group of friends can be just as fun and can be less pressure.
  3. Charge your cell phone and keep it with you at all times.  You will need it to communicate with both your friends and your parents or guardians.
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Feb 28

For Guys: Do I want to have sex? Am I ready to have sex?

Posted By iamincontrol | February 28, 2013

Smiling teen boy
By Danny

When I was a teenager, I started to ask myself two questions: Do I want to have sex? Am I ready to have sex? These were hard questions to answer, and hearing stories from my friends about their sexual encounters only made things more confusing. I felt pressure to hook up with girls, but didn’t know if I wanted to or if I was ready. To help answer these questions, I found it helpful to consider these three areas: 

1) Physical Safety
Is your body ready to have sex? Is your partner’s body ready to have sex?
Do you have access to contraceptives (for example, condoms)? Do you know what a condom is? Do you know how to correctly use a condom?

2) Emotional Safety
Do you and your partner feel comfortable having sex?
Do you and your partner respect each other’s thoughts, feelings, and values?
Is my partner a responsible person?

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Jan 24

Abstinence – Virginity is Hot

Posted By iamincontrol | January 24, 2013

Happy teen couple
By Heidi

Most TV shows and movies are totally unrealistic when it comes to shacking up.  They don’t show the physical or emotional risks and consequences of frequently sexing it up with multiple partners.  Aside from these negative risks, they don’t portray how it complicates your achievement goals of pursuing college, a career, and maybe someday, a marriage and family.

I had always known that I wanted to save my virginity for my future husband (for both spiritual and health reasons), so I always got to the point before dating someone and made sure their goals/beliefs lined up with mine.  If they didn’t, I didn’t waste my time.  In high school, I saw so many of my friends give into peer pressure to have sex because their girlfriend or boyfriend pressured them into it, thinking it would lead to heightened happiness.  But it didn’t.  These relationships didn’t last, and they were left feeling less confident in who they were and less focused on their life goals.

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Dec 27

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Posted By iamincontrol | December 27, 2012

By George

Let’s talk about Sexually Transmitted Infections, or STIs.  STIs are one of the most common illnesses affecting adolescents and young adults.  In fact, the majority of STI cases occur in this group.  First, let’s look at a few interesting facts.

Did you know…

  1. 1 in 2 sexually active young people get an STI by the age of 25.
  2. Many STIs cause no symptoms, meaning that you may have an STI and not know it.
  3. All STIs are treatable and many are curable.
  4. Untreated STIs can cause long-term damage.
  5. Getting tested is easy and confidential.

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Nov 15

Contraceptives: How do I choose?

Posted By iamincontrol | November 15, 2012

By Alyssa

Girl choosing between condom and birth control pillsChoosing the right kind of contraceptive can be a difficult decision.  Some of the things you have to consider about the different types include effectiveness, cost, personal preference, and how easily you can get it.  To look at the pros and cons of each kind of birth control (for both guys and girls!), check out this Contraceptive Comparison site.  It’s really easy to use and may help you make your decision.

Another thing to consider is using more than one kind of birth control at the same time.  For example, if you are a girl taking birth control pills, you and your partner should still use condoms to protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).  Birth control pills alone do NOT protect against STIs, so if you plan on using only the pill, make sure both you and your partner get tested for STIs before you start any sexual activity.  Also remember that certain kinds of birth control, like the pill, take time to start working, so use a backup method of birth control in the meantime.

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