Sex: it is okay to use a condom

By: DANIEL RUMFORD


posted on: June 17th, 2016

It is our duty to take responsibility for ourselves and our partners. Sex is a wonderful thing and should be cherished but alongside this we must be aware that sex also carries serious risks. In particular the very real risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) should be taken seriously as it can have long term and far-fetching consequences. A further consideration with sex is the choice to have children. Having children is a gift and one of the biggest joys of life, however, it is also a serious responsibility to bring another human into the world and should be considered carefully beforehand.

WHAT IS A CONDOM?
A condom is a thin rubber sheath that is placed over the penis during sex. A condom allows two people to have sex without genitals touching.

SEXUAL HEALTH
It is important to take care of our bodies. Sexually transmitted infections are infections that are passed between people during unprotected sex or through genital contact. They can be very varied in seriousness but can be extremely serious and life-threatening. Lots of people do not know that they are carrying the infection, almost half of people living with HIV do not know they have the virus. Therefore, it is important to be responsible and safe. Wearing a condom is a simple way to protect against STIs. Wearing a condom prevents genital contact during sex and so reduces the likelihood of contracting an infection, allowing you and your partner to stay healthy and continue having safe-sex.
PREGNANCY CONTROL
Children are the best! Having children is one of the greatest gifts of life and in choosing to have a child you make the decision to support and care for your child for the rest of your life. This means that it is good for you and your partner to carefully consider and agree to have a child before you try and have one. This means you can make sure that the situation that your child is being brought into is safe for them and will allow them to prosper. Wearing a condom allows for you to form long- term plans for the future. Wearing a condom allows you to have sex and not run the risk of unexpected pregnancy and allows you to dictate your own futures.

CONDOMS ARE FOR EVERYONE
Condoms can be used by anyone in any sexual situation. Using a condom shows you are taking responsibility for your and your partner’s health and for the future of your children. Condoms are not aimed at any specific people and should be considered by everyone, both men and women. The risk of infection and unexpected pregnancy during sex means condoms are appropriate in all sexual scenarios, including marriage, and shows maturity and responsibility.
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