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Unprotected sex refers to any sexual activity where no form of birth control or barrier method of contraceptive—like wearing a condom—is used to prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Engaging in sexual activity is a normal, natural, and healthy part of life, but it is important to be aware of the risks of unprotected sex and take steps to protect yourself. Let’s look at all of unprotected sex risks:
- Unintended Pregnancy – One of the primary risks of unprotected sex is the potential for unintended pregnancy, also referred to as unplanned pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur when sperm comes into contact with an egg and fertilizes it, so if sexual partners are not using any form of birth control or barrier contraceptive, there is a chance of pregnancy. This can be a difficult and challenging experience, especially if the pregnancy was not planned.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections – Another major risk of unprotected sex is the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also commonly called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). STIs are infections that are spread through sexual contact and can be caused by a variety of different pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Some of the most common STIs include:
- Hepatitis A, B, and C
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
These infections can cause a range of symptoms, from mild discomfort to severe health problems. In some cases, they can even be life-threatening. The risk of HIV from unprotected sex is one of the most serious concerns due to the dangers that HIV carries—mainly, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Having unprotected sex is one of the main ways that HIV is contracted. There are around 1.2 million people in the United States living with HIV, and nearly 1 out of every 5 individuals—20% of the population—has some type of STI.
It is also important to be aware of the emotional and psychological risks associated with unprotected sex. Engaging in sexual activity can be an intimate and personal experience, and unprotected sex can put a strain on relationships. If a person contracts an STI, it can also cause feelings of guilt, shame, and embarrassment. Additionally, unintended pregnancy can be a stressful and emotional experience. All of these consequences can negatively impact a person’s mental and emotional well-being.
The consequences of unprotected sex can be very serious, including unintended pregnancy and the transmission of STIs. To minimize these risks, it is important to use some form of birth control or barrier method, like condoms or birth control pills. If you are sexually active, it is also important to get regular check-ups and testing for STIs, as well as limiting your number of partners. By taking steps to protect yourself and limit your risk, you can enjoy a safer and healthier sexual experience.
At Community Care Resources of Florida (CCRSFL), we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to those in our community by providing excellent medical services, therapy, and outreach to individuals affected by sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, hepatitis C, and/or substance abuse. We strive to deliver healthcare with compassion and affordability to all.
Since our foundation, our goal has been to serve our Altamonte Springs, Hallandale Beach, and Winter Haven communities by providing access to care and resources that help our patients become healthier through safer practices with their partners. We have qualified technicians available to serve you. If you’re interested in our services, you can book an appointment on our website or call us at 1(877) 287-2520!
Contact any of our offices if you need testing and treatment.
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Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
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Haines City, FL 33844
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Hallandale Beach, FL 33009