It is easy to think everyone is having sex all the time. People are talking about it, so they must be doing it, but that is not always the case. Most people have sex for the first time when they’re 16 or older. If someone’s boasting about having sex, it’s possible that they’re pretending
Sexual health is important because it can have an effect on many other parts of your life. When making the decision to have sex, it’s important to talk things through with someone you trust. You could talk to your parents, your partner, close friend, doctor or a family planning clinic.
One in ten sexually active teenagers has a sexually transmitted infection. Some infections, like chlamydia, have no symptoms. Using a condom helps to prevent catching an infection and can reduce the chance of pregnancy by 98 per cent.
The age of consent in England is 16 for both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. The Fraser Guidelines allow young people from the age of 13 to seek confidential information and advice around sexual health.
The C Card scheme provides free condoms for young people aged between 13 and 25. The aim of this is to prevent unplanned teenage pregnancies and reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections. Call into your nearest youth centre for information about the C-card.
Free condoms, lube and information for young people aged 13 – 19 years old.
Most people with Chlamydia have no symptoms, so you could have it without knowing.
Before you decide to do anything, make sure you feel confident, well informed and ready.
Non-judgmental and confidential services.