absitnenceAbstinence means avoiding oral, anal, vaginal sex, and genital to genital contact. It is the only 100% effective method to prevent an unexpected pregnancy and to prevent the transmission of STIs.

How is it used?

Abstinence is a personal decision to avoid sexual activity.  Individuals might define Abstinence to fit their own lives and behavior.

How well does it work?

For Abstinence to be 100% effective, it’s important to communicate with a partner about your specific definition of Abstinence and your personal boundaries.

Where can someone get it?

Abstinence is an individual decision that can be made at any time!


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