Safer sex is about taking responsibility for your own health.
Discussing safe sex options with your partner before you have sex will make you feel more comfortable and make it more likely that you will actually practise safe sex together and therefore protect yourselves against STIs and unplanned pregnancies.
Talking about safer sex with your partner can be an embarrassing and scary prospect for some people, particularly young people who may be in their first sexual relationship or beginning a new sexual relationship.
But negotiating safer sex options with your partner is important and it doesn't have to be as embarrassing or awkward as it may seem.
Sexual Health Services provides some excellent tips on how to discuss and negotiate safer sex with your partner.