safe sex

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Sexual activity that is free from the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or at least minimizes the risk of infection. Dr. Ruth's Encyclopedia of Sex (1994) asserts that solitary masturbation is the only truly safe sexual activity. Sexual intercourse using a correctly fitting condom provides a high degree of protection from the risk of pregnancy and moderately effective protection against many STDs, probably including HIV, but condoms do not provide protection from genital herpes or pubic lice.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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