Abstinence

Abstinence means avoiding oral sex, anal sex and vaginal sex.

Being curious about sex is natural and normal.

•   It’s OK to think about sex.

•   It’s OK to talk about sex.

•   It’s OK to develop feelings and attitudes about sex.

However, experimenting with sex to satisfy your curiosity can be an unhealthy way for you to learn about sex. It can lead to consequences such as pregnancy and STD/STIs, including HIV. These consequences can change your life and get in the way of your goals and dreams.

You need to be emotionally prepared for sex, in addition to being prepared for the physical side of it. This means you need to think about:

  • Why you want to have sex
  • Why you want to have sex with this particular person
  • If you trust this person with your body and your reputation

If you feel like you don’t have a good answer for any of these questions, it’s OK to wait.

Information on this page is taken from the Making a Difference! curriculum by Select Media.