Abuse is when one person hurts another person, either physically or emotionally. Abuse happens over time, usually in a…Read FAQ »
If my partner and I are both virgins, is there any way we could have a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?
STDs can spread through oral, vaginal and anal sex and genital skin-to-skin contact. For example, some STDs can be passed through certain types of sexual skin-to-skin touching like when you rub bodies with no clothes on. So, when you and your partner use the word “virgin,” make sure you both mean the same thing. There is very little risk for STDs if neither of you has had any sexual experience at all.
STDs can spread when people share needles and from mother to child during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding. Even if a person has had no sexual experiences, they could have an STD from using needles or from their mother if she was infected.
If you’re both virgins, it’s still a good idea to get in the habit of using condoms each and every time you have sex. Condoms provide protection from pregnancy and STDs and even though you may not have concerns about STDs now, it’s a good habit to get into using condoms.
Got a question about STDs? Visit the American Sexual Health Association’s website.
How can you tell if someone might become abusive in a relationship? What are some of the effects of abuse?
The answer to this question isn’t clear-cut. It’s really hard to tell up front whether someone might become abusive.…Read FAQ »
My partner is pressuring me to take drugs or get drunk before we have sex. What should I do? What should I say?
Alcohol and drugs do NOT make sex better. Alcohol and other drugs affect the way we’re feeling, but they don’t make…Read FAQ »