… One week? 2 days? One month?
However, Teen Clinic does not recommend having sex without a condom!
Here’s why: unprotected sex carries a high risk for sexually transmitted infections, which can pass through skin-to-skin contact, sexual fluids, or blood. Some STIs don’t always have symptoms—so it’s possible your partner has an infection without knowing it. Choosing to have sex without a condom could put your health at risk.
Throughout your life, make it a priority to ask your partners about their past sexual experiences. Suggest getting tested at Teen Clinic. And keep in mind that, while it’s ideal to be able to fully trust a partner, sometimes people make decisions they’re not proud of and don’t tell their partners. It’s your health! Using a condom correctly, consistently, and all the time will help keep you safe and healthy; a partner who doesn’t respect that doesn’t respect you.
Feel free to make an appointment at Teen Clinic if you’d like to talk to a practitioner about real-life condom use. Discussing condoms and STIs with your partner can be hard, but it’s an essential part of being sexually active in a safe, healthy way.