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Safer sex

Talking about sex can be awkward, but the earlier you start the discussion, the better prepared your child will be to make safer decisions about it. The best time to begin the discussion about sex is when your child is in elementary school.

Teens need to learn healthy habits if they are sexually active. For example:

  • Don't have sex until you're ready, physically and emotionally.
  • Always use protection. Know the different types of protection that are available.
  • Ask a potential sex partner about his or her sexual history and about high-risk behaviors like drug use, anal sex, and sex in exchange for money or drugs.
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Last Updated: August 07, 2012
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