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My friend, Deadre, and her boyfriend, Josh, have been having sex for several months now and they both got tested for STDs a couple months ago and both are clean. I told Deadre about your website and (not having internet access) she asked me to ask this question for her:
Since they both turned up clean, and there isn't a risk od STDs or STIs and they only have sex with eachother, would it be ok for them not to use a condom and just use the pill so they won't have to be worried about getting pregnant?
I told her I would just use both the condom and the pill if I were her just to be extra safe. I don't see why it would be an issue, anyway. I mean, why not just USE them all the time, no matter what the circumstance? But, she wanted me to ask, so I am. Thanks!

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Kudos to you for suggesting the smart thing. Condoms and the Pill together provide pretty much the best protection from STDs/STIs and pregnancy that you're going to get.

Plus, Scarleteen doesn't recommend not using a condom unless both partners have been monogamous for a year and within that year, have had two clean STD screens six months apart. Even under these "ideal" circumstances, best to be twice as safe and use a condom every time. It's not difficult, not expensive - there's no reason not to.

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Also, sexual activity isn't the *only* way to get an STD/STI; they're just called that because the most common method of transmission is sexual activity.

So, either of them could get a yeast or bacterial infection cause their body chemistry went out of whack, and they'd be at risk of transmitting that to each other through sexual contact. Make sense?


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