Talk to your partner before you have sex so that you can share the responsibility for having safer sex.
Remember, it’s your choice, and you don’t have to tell people if you don’t want to.
You may decide that it’s just not the right time, and that’s fine.
- If you’re going to have sex, using external (or male) condoms or internal (or female) condoms correctly is a very effective way of preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy.
Many clinics provide free condoms and other contraception, as well as confidential information and advice.
As you get older, you’ll probably want to manage your own health, care and treatment.
And eventually, your healthcare will be transferred to an adult clinic, and this can feel like a big change.
Some people are open about it – perhaps you’ve grown up with it and everyone knows, and it’s not a big issue for you.
For others, fear of rejection, bullying or gossip makes telling people really difficult.
Just because you’re becoming an adult doesn’t mean that you’re meant to ‘know it all’.