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Sex can be one of life's most fulfilling experiences. But whether or not you're sexually active, there is information you should have to help you set your own boundaries and make your own choices about sexual activity.

These days, what you don't know about sex can hurt you, so you'll want to get the facts--and fast. Whether or not you're currently having sex with someone, you probably have lots of questions about how to protect yourself and your partner. Fortunately, we have some answers.

Fundamentally, it's your body and it's up to you what you do with it. It may surprise you to know that most teens today aren't sexually active. If you choose to have sex, you need to make informed choices to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV - the virus that causes AIDS - as well as accidental pregnancy. You also need to be prepared for the emotions that having sex can stir up.

Making smart decisions is easier than you might think - all it takes is a little foresight and planning before you are in the heat of the moment. Make the effort to safeguard your physical and emotional health, both now and for the long-term. Remember that having sex is a choice (not just the first time, but every time) and your decision is your own.

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Everything you wanted to know about sexually transmitted diseases, from symptoms and treatment to how they're spread.
It's important to talk to your partner before you have sex. If you're nervous or not sure what to say, we'll give you some pointers.
A list of books, Web sites and hotlines for more sexual health info.


More Celebrity Profiles

Thanks to all who participated in the FFYR: Protect Yourself "Online Talk Show" hosted by SuChin Pak with Real World's Trishelle, Steven, and Leslie Kantor, a sexual health expert. Check back to view the entire discussion.

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