Never have sex unless you are absolutely sure you want to. If you are thinking about having sex, make sure to take steps to stay healthy.
- Talk to a doctor, nurse, or health counselor about how to prevent pregnancy and protect yourself from STDs or STIs (sexually transmitted diseases or infections),
- Talk to a trusted adult about whether you are ready to have sex
- Get tested for STDs and STIs. If you do not have a regular health care provider you feel comfortable talking to, go to a clinic like Planned Parenthood or to a county or community clinic.
- Learn how to talk to your partner about what you want and don’t want, including how to ask a partner about using condoms and birth control and about STDs.
These websites can help you find a clinic near you that will give you free help without telling anyone else about your visit:
It’s OK to say NO, even if you already had sex with someone.
If someone is trying to make you have sex, or if you are not sure whether you are ready, you have the right to tell the person you are not ready. For more information on taking charge of your sexuality, see How to Stay Safe.