Sex with or without protection?

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Condoms, birth control pills, IUDs, the morning after pill… so many ways to protect yourself before, during or after sex. For lack of information or carelessness, some prefer to do without it.

With or without protection? Answer in this article.

Sex without protection, the love of risk

Protection is often a sensitive subject, especially when the sexual relationship is not planned, which is rarely the case the first few times.

The wearing of condoms is often neglected, especially among the youngest, for various reasons. Among the most common: ignorance or misinformation.

A survey recently carried out by the com’ team of HEYMEdemonstrated that in 22% of cases, the condom was not used with a new sexual partner because 49% of those questioned said they had not had one available while 43% admitted to having used another means of contraception.

This percentage reaches 63% for oral sex.

However, each unprotected or poorly protected sexual relationship can have consequences for both women and men, from pregnancy to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Protecting yourself, a choice of reason

In order to protect yourself and your partner, it is necessary to have the right reflexes.

It is necessary to distinguish the means of contraception (pill, IUD, spermicides…) which are devices which aim to avoid a pregnancy, of the condom (male or female) only device which protects at the same time from STI and makes it possible to avoid a pregnancy.

Focus on the different means of protection available:

  • The male and female condom
  • The pill or emergency contraception (morning after pill)
  • contraceptive patches
  • The IUD
  • spermicides
  • The contraceptive implant
  • The vaginal ring

We can never say it enough, the best way to protect yourself against STIs and avoid pregnancy is the condom combined with regular screening.

And this is what was verified during the realization of our survey: 74% of the people questioned declare using a condom with a new sexual partner, while 63% affirm carrying out an HIV screening in the event of a change of partner.

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What is PrEP?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is one way to prevent HIV.

It is a treatment based on antiretrovirals aimed at reducing the risk of HIV infection.

The use of PrEP is not yet well known, 87% of respondents are unaware of its existence and only 8% say they have already used it.

The over-the-counter HIV self-test in pharmacies can quickly detect the presence of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) from a drop of blood.

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