Your eleven-year-old son is reading a newspaper and sees the term “safer sex”. He then asks: “Does it mean having sex with a condom?”

Using a condom when having sex is one way to avoid becoming pregnant or getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI), including HIV. But your teenager should know that “sex” doesn’t just mean penetrative sex and that there are other ways people can enjoy being intimate with one another.

“Safer sex” means always using a condom, no matter what kind of sexual activity is involved. It’s called “safer” sex and not “safe” sex as even sex with a condom has some risks. Kissing, massaging and touching each other are “safe” sexual activities as it doesn’t involve any kind of exchange of fluids.”