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Am I ready for Sex?

Having sex for the first time can be a big decision. Think about if you're ready emotionally and for the potential risks it carries, like pregnancy or STIs.


In the end though, it's your choice and your choice only. If you do decide to have sex, it's a very good idea to learn about birth control and protecting yourself from STIs.


Communication is more than just texts and phone calls.  Good communication means being open about your concerns and respecting each other's feelings, choices, and desires. 

If you are having sex, it also means being able to talk about getting checked and knowing each other's status.

Talking STI Testing with your partner(s)

Talking to your partners about STI testing and your results is important. It helps you trust each other, make safe choices, and avoid spreading infections. It's also good for talking openly and having a strong relationship if you're in one.

Tips for opening the conversation about STI testing with your partner(s)

Tips on how to have a healthy and open conversation about your STI results:


Even if you have had sex with a partner before, you get to choose each and every time if you want to have sex. 

What is true consent?

If you have a partner who harms you physically, emotionally, or sexually or tries to control you, get help.

When should I get help?​
If you think you are in an abusive or unhealthy relationship.
If you think you have been coerced into sex.
If you need mental health counseling for any reason.
  • Crisis, Referral & Information Hotline: (410) 433-5175

  • Renewal Counseling Center: (410) 529-2151

  • The Family Tree: (410) 889-2300

  • Behavioral Health System Baltimore:
    (410) 637-1900

If you, or someone you know, has a problem with alcohol or other substances.
If you, or a partner, have an unplanned pregnancy.
If you think you need support within the LGBTQ community. 
  • Star Trak: (410) 706-6000

  • Chase Brexton: (410) 837-2050

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