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Unsafe Sex – What you need to know
There are a number of factors that can cause a pregnancy. Practicing unsafe sex can not only cause an unintended pregnancy, but it can also lead to contracting sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV, AIDS, chlamydia, genital warts and human papilloma virus (HPV). In order to practice safe sex, make sure that you are educated on the different types of contraception: short-acting, long-acting and barrier method (male and female condoms). Remember that condoms are the only form of contraception that prevent against the transmission of STIs.
Rape is one of the worst experiences that a woman can go through, mentally and physically, and can also cause an unintended pregnancy as well as potential transference of STIs. If you are a victim of rape, don’t keep quiet – you have options available: speak to a counsellor; he/she will be able to help you deal with the emotional trauma as well as discuss the different ways in which you can deal with an unintended pregnancy.