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A GUIDE TO STAYING SAFE AFTER UNPROTECTED SEX Whether the condom slipped off or you forgot to use contraception - unprotected sex sometimes just happens. But don't panic! You're not alone, and there's plenty you can do to help prevent unwanted pregnancy and STIS. SAFE SEX 26% 50+% of people don't routinely practise safe sex with new of all newly diagnosed STIS are found in people aged 24% partners 16-25 of people either don't use contraception, or leave it up to their partners 51% 61% of university students have had unprotected sex It happened. So what happens next? Follow these simple tips to ensure you stay safe and healthy: MALE FEMALE GET SYMPTOMS LOOKED AT EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVE PILL If you experience: • Bleeding • Discharge from the penis • Pain during ejaculation • Any rashes and sores around the Depending on the type, the morning-after pill can be effective for 3-5 days after unprotected sex. You wouldn't be alone in using it: 1 in 10 women aged 20-29 years have genital area .get checked at your nearest sexual health clinic or see your GP as soon II taken it at least once as possible НЕР С & SYPHILIS EMERGENCY COIL The IUD (intrauterine device, or coil) can be fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Hepatitis C and syphilis are on the rise among gay men. Be proactive by practising safe sex and never sharing needles, and get screened if you're concerned. This is the most effective form of emergency contraception, and also provides ongoing contraception. PICK UP FREE CONDOMS GET SYMPTOMS CHECKED Avoid carrying around an out-of-date condom by getting free ones from a sexual health clinic or GP If you experience: • Pain when you pee • Unusual discharge • Itching • Sores • Unexplained bleeding ... get checked at your surgery. Remember, one size won't fit all – one that's too big or too small can nearest sexual health slip off during sex. clinic or see your GP as soon as possible. TIMING DOESN'T MATTER SAME-SEX SEX Regardless of what time of the month or position you had sex in, there's always a risk of pregnancy STIS can be spread by sharing toys and with unprotected sex. The "withdrawal" method is also not a reliable form of contraception! through oral sex. Be safe next time by using a dental dam or another form of latex barrier, avoiding sharing toys and always washing them after use. One Stonewall survey found that less than half of lesbian and bisexual women had ever had a sexual health test - but 50% of those who had been screened had an STI. KNOW FOR NEXT TIME NO SYMΡΤOMS, NO PROBLEMS? Always buy condoms with a CE mark on the packet (as they comply with European safety standards) and check the expiry date. Although you may not have any symptoms, you could still be carrying an STI. Condoms can break or fail for a number of reasons. • Lack of lubrication • Oil-based lubrications • Piercings 50% 75% with chlamydia experience no ..can all weaken or break a condom. symptoms. GET TESTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE ANY KIND OF SEX STILL COUNTS It's usually possible to treat an STI before complications develop, so getting tested as soon as possible is key. Even if you only had oral sex, you still have a chance of catching an STI such as gonorrhoea or herpes. It normally takes between 2 weeks and 3 months after Anal sex also carries a exposure for an STI test to greater risk of HIV pick an infection. transmission. You should always practise safe sex – but if you or the condom slipped up, it's not the end of the world. Follow these tips and protect yourself for next time. SOURCES: Nearly half a million new sexual infections in 2012 - Want to have more sex at university? – Sexual health for gay and bisexual men – Chlamydia – Open Your Eyes to STIS - When sex goes wrong – Opinion survey report No. 41: contraception and sexual health, 2008/09 - Contraception: an overview – Do I need a test? – I've had unprotected sex – what should I do? – Prescription for change – British sex survey 2013: 'the nation has lost some of its sexual swagger' – LloydsPharmacy NeoMam Studios Online Doctor

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shared by sounas on Jan 17
Safe Sex facts especially for how to react after unprotected sex.


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