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.
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.
Dating Matters: 410-396-2206
Baltimore City's 24-Hour Partner Violence Hotline: (410) 889-7884
The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
TurnAround, Inc. 24-Hour Helpline: (443) 279-0379
House of Ruth Baltimore: (410) 889-0840
If you think you have been coerced into sex.
Huffington Post Article: "Coercion Vs. Consent: It’s Never Too Late To Say No To Sex (Trust Your Gut)"
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:
If you, or a partner, have an unplanned pregnancy.
Maryland Planned Parenthood: (410) 576-1414
If you think you need support within the LGBTQ community.
Star Trak: (410) 706-6000
Chase Brexton: (410) 837-2050