Objective: Sexual behaviour, condom use, HIV knowledge and anxiety for women were examined to understand the range of sexual behaviours, predictors of safer sex and the extent of relapse. Design: A cross sectional sample of women STD clinic attenders completed interviews and questionnaires. Subjects: women drawn from consecutive attenders at a sexually transmitted disease STD clinic in inner London. Anxiety and knowledge did not differ between safe and relapsed groups, but self efficacy and cognitive variables did. Those who maintained safe sex had significantly less sex. Ten percent of the sample had unprotected anal intercourse.
Back to Sexual health. Women who have sex with other women can pass on or get STIs. Know how to protect yourself. Women can catch STIs such as herpes , genital warts and chlamydia when exchanging bodily fluids. Any one-on-one contact, such as oral sex or using the same hand when touching yourself and then your partner, can put you at risk.
Safe sex is having sexual contact while protecting yourself and your sexual partner against sexually transmissible infections STIs and unplanned pregnancy. Unsafe sex may put you or your partner at risk of STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, Mycoplasma genitalium, HIV or hepatitis B, or may result in an unplanned pregnancy. Condoms offer the best available protection against STIs by acting as a physical barrier to prevent the exchange of semen, vaginal fluids or blood between partners.
Having sex with only one partner who only has sex with you when neither of you has a sexually transmitted infection STI is believed to be safe. However, many healthcare professionals believe there really is no such thing as safe sex. They believe the only way to be truly safe is not to have sex because all forms of sexual contact carry some risk. For example, kissing is thought to be a safe activity, but herpes , and other diseases can be spread this way. Condoms are commonly thought to protect against STIs.