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Consequences of unprotected sex

When Ben had unprotected sex with a woman he met at a party, he was devastated the next morning. He knew this was not a smart decision. It could change his life forever!

Ben is you, ben is me, Ben is all of us. We can all find ourselves in this situation. 

Unprotected sex is when vagina, anal, or oral sex is done without a condom. This means that body fluids such as blood and semen are passed between partners. 

The problem is, most people do not like using condoms. The holiday season is with us and we know that most of you have already started getting it on more. So what do we do? Let’s talk about the consequences of unprotected sex.

You will agree with me that sex is one of the most pleasurable activities you will ever have. However, it comes with consequences especially if it's not protected. So, what are the consequences of unprotected sex? 

STIs, including HIV

The reality is that most of us dread protected sex. We have this illusion that having protected sex is more of eating a bar of chocolate with its wrapper on. Conversely, having sex without protection is risky. You're risking getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI), including HIV, and possibly the stress of worrying.

It’s very possible to contract an STI and not see symptoms for days, months, or even years. If left untreated, some STIs can cause significant health issues. This can include damage to major organs, infertility issues, complications during pregnancy, and even death. In addition, unprotected sex increases the risk of an unplanned pregnancy.

Related: 6 safe sex practices you should consider

Pregnancy (wanted and unwanted)

I have heard funny stories of how certain sex positions can protect a woman from getting pregnant and I would like to confirm that it doesn't matter what position she has sex in. There's always a risk of unwanted pregnancy, but using contraception which can be a condom can help to protect against it.

As a matter of fact, a condom offers dual protection which includes unplanned pregnancy and the risk of contracting an STI.

Use a condom this holiday season. Protect yourself from STIs and unwanted pregnancies. 

Did you learn something new?

Comments
Terryanne
Tue, 07/26/2016 - 02:59 pm
With the many STI's, protection is the way to go. True, we are human beings, we slip and fall, but once, twice, thrice is too many times. I can't even begin to fathom the stress that you go through thinking whether you could be pregnant or infected. Huh! been there but its not the best place to be. Just protect yourself....it pays in the end...no stress...
Andrew
Fri, 03/17/2017 - 06:53 pm
I have girlfriend who is HIV positive. She wants us to have sex but I am so afraid to do it.. On the other hand I don't want to disappoint her.. How can I best handle this situation? Can a condom really protect me?
Hi Andrew, You need to talk about protecting about yourself from the risk of getting infected by your partner. It is good that you are already thinking about it and yes if you do use condoms correctly and all the time you have sex with your partner they will protect you from getting infected. Additionally it is important for your partner to get treatment which further reduces her chances of transmitting the virus to you. Lastly you can consider taking Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis which is treatment you take to further prevent you from getting HIV even when you have been exposed in addition to the use of condoms. Read further about PreP in the following article:- https://lovematters.co.ke/safe-sex/sti-prevention/pre-exposure-prophylaxis-top-facts
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