Safe Sex Course

Welcome to Loveology University’s sneak preview video course on Safe Sex.  This in-depth course will teach you all about safe sex including sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs), how to protect yourself, safe sex statistics and more.  This expert course was created by Dr. Ava Cadell and Dr. TaMara for Loveology University®.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

A Sexually Transmissible Infection (STI – formerly called STD, or sexually transmitted disease) is an infection that can be passed on through vaginal, anal or oral sex. Most STIs are transmitted through the exchange of sexual fluids, but some can be passed on through skin to skin genital contact.

Having a sexually transmitted infection (STI) can definitely have an impact on sexual pleasure.  An STI can cause significant pain to your internal and external sex organs. This pain may intensify during intercourse. STI’s can also be pretty tricky.

Some STIs, particularly gonorrhea and chlamydia, may not show any symptoms until they cause scarring and major damage to an organ. Additionally, some STIs will cause vaginal itching and dryness which may also make sex pretty painful.

STI Facts and Statistics

According to the United Sates Department of Health and Human Services, about 19 million new sexually transmitted infections are thought to occur each year. These infections affect women and men of all backgrounds and economic levels.

There more than 30 different bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause an STI. Bacterial STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and bacterial vaginosis. Viral STIs include genital herpes, hepatitis B, HPV and HIV. Parasitic STIs include trichomoniasis.

Each year:

  • One in four teens contracts an STD/STI
  • One in two sexually active persons will contract an STD/STI by age 25
  • About half of all new STDs/STIs in 2000 occurred among youth ages 15 to 24

Women and STDs

Simply because we are women, our biology makes us vulnerable. The internal anatomy of our reproductive system places us at increased risk because we are the receivers. Our anatomical structure is a greater area which allows for more bodily fluids to penetrate the vaginal lining. In addition, Men who have sex with men that engage in anal sex are at an increased risk because of the aspect of receiving a penis into the anal cavity. In addition to the fact that the lining of the anus is very thin and does not lubricate itself naturally which makes it easier to tear exposing blood vessels making it a portal of entry for bacteria and other infections to get into the blood stream.

Most new HIV infections in women are from heterosexual contact:

  • 23% of all people living with HIV in the United States were women.
  • Black/African American** and Hispanic/Latina women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV, compared with women of other races/ethnicities.
  • The greater number of people living with HIV (prevalence) live in African American and Hispanic/Latino communities and the fact that people tend to have sex with partners of the same race/ethnicity means that women from these communities face a greater risk of HIV infection with each new sexual encounter.
  • About 80%–90% of chlamydial infections and up to 80% of gonococcal infections in women are asymptomatic.
  • More than half of all people will have an STD/STI at some point in their lifetime.

How STIs Are Spread

STIs may be spread through the following:

  • Unprotected anal, oral, or vaginal sex with a person who is infected with an STI. Anal sex carries the most risk because the lining of the anus is thin and does not lubricate naturally, causing it to rip and tear easily. Vaginal sex is the second most risky type of sex followed by oral sex. Keep in mind that the receptive partner is the partner that is most at risk because she or he is receiving the penis inside their anus or vagina. This increases their risk given the exposure to the fluid.
  • Mother-to-child transmission. An STI can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy, birth or through breastfeeding.
  • During genital touching. It is possible to get some STIs, such as syphilis, herpes or genital warts from skin to skin contact, with out without intercourse.
  • Through sexual contact between women who have sex only with other women.
  • Sharing needles or syringes for drug use, ear piercing, tattooing, etc. Remember: It can be difficult to tell if someone has an STI. STIs can be spread even if there are no signs or symptoms. Anyone who has had sexual contact can get an STI. Men and women of all ages, regions, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels can get STI.

Safer Sex Tools

Safer sex is the new sex! Practicing safer sex, especially within a non-committed relationship or even relationships with various structures such polyamouros relationship, could the difference between life and death, therefore it is extremely important to be informed about the various safer sex tools. Although practicing safer sex should be viewed as a shared responsibility, please keep in mind that you are ultimately responsible for your sexual health.

Safer Sex Tools Include:

  • Condoms (male & female condoms)
  • Dental Dams
  • Lubricant

Additional Ways to Protect Myself?

When you enter into a sexual relationship, it is extremely important that you take the time to get to know your sexual partner. Failure to do so may result in dire consequences, like becoming infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Taking the following precautions when beginning a sexual relationship can help reduce your likelihood of becoming infected.

  • Get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections together
  • Ask your sexual partner about their sexual history
  • Use safer sex tools
  • Practice abstinence or celibacy
  • Remain faithful/ mutual monogamy
  • Love yourself
  • Reduce your number of sexual partners
  • Change the type of sex you’re having
  • Be careful about the substances you use
  • Identify triggers
  • Understand your risk factors and triggers
  • Reduce Substance Use
  • Build skills such as communication, decision making, negotiation
  • Don’t share sex toys
  • Learn to negotiate safer sex
  • Follow your gut

Safe Sex Course – Video Trailer

Today’s sneak peek video is all about Safe Sex, a comprehensive digital course that will teach you everything you need to know about Safe Sex, available via our Certified Love Coach program!

In this exclusive Safe Sex course, which includes a video slide show and downloadable PDF, you will learn:

Objectives

 

What is Safer Sex?

What impacts our sexuality?

HIV and AIDS

HIV / AIDS pretest

What is HIV?

Stages of HIV

Window period / Initial Onset

Asymptomatic illness /

Symptomatic Illness

Opportunistic Infection

What is AIDS?

HIV Testing/ Testing positive

The Fluids That Transmit HIV

How HIV is Spread

Indirect Risk Factors

HIV Care and Treatment

Medications

Counseling & Therapy

HIV / AIDS pretest answers

STIs pretest answers

Resources

Sexual Consent

 

What is Sexual Consent

A Recent History of Sexual Consent

No Means No

Sexual Harassment & Assault

What is Sexual Assault

Who Should You tell?

Safer Dating

Sexual Consent Form

Boundaries

Confronting Sexual Harassment

Dialogue with Sexual Organs

How do you know when You’re Ready for Sex?

Types of Birth Control

Hormonal

Barrier

Sterilization

Fertility Awareness

Methods Additional Ways To Be Safer

Sexually Transmitted Infections

 

STI pretest

Chlamydia

Gonorrhea

Syphilis

Bacterial Vaginosis

Genital Herpes

Hepatitis B

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Trichomoniasis

How STIs are spread

Indirect Risk Factors

Keeping Yourself Safer

Safer Sex tools

Male Condoms

The Condom Conversation

Female Condoms

Dental Dams

Negotiating Safer Sex with

your Partner

Eroticizing Safer Sex

Safer Sex Menu

Negotiating Safer Se

Safe Sex Video Course

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