Topic 7 Safe sex

Activity 1: How to Protect Ourselves

We already talked about condoms. But there are several other ways to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

What methods of birth control and safe sex have you heard about?

Make a list as a group or on your own.

Ways to stay safe: List of methods include condoms, birth control pills, IUD coil, cervical caps and cervical diaphragms, implant, injectables, withdrawal, morning after pill, PrEP.


Source: From the sex education curriculum for disabled children “Not a child anymore” by the Dutch Rutgers foundation (1992) – Illustrations by Juliette de Wit


Sperm can make a girl pregnant and can also transmit a sexual infection. To prevent that, it is useful to always have a few condoms with you.

Girls also have other options to prevent pregnancy. But as a boy, it is good to make sure you have condoms. A girl may also buy condoms or take other precautions.

How to use a condom

If you get to the point to have coitus (penetration, or in street language: fucking), make sure to have your condoms near.

You need to be hard to put the condom on. Take the top of the condom between your thumb and index finger and squeeze it. Then, roll the condom over your penis. When it is all the way down, you let go of the top. This leaves a small space in the condom for the sperm. It helps to try this out at home before you do it with a partner.

After sex, make a knot in the condom so it does not leak, and throw it away in a bin (not in the toilet).

Activity 2: Contraception  

Work in your group. One contraception method will be assigned to your group. Search online about this method and prepare a presentation for this method. Then, share and present this with the rest of the class.

Key messages:

– There are many effective methods of contraception.

– Having sexual intercourse without contraception puts you at greatest risk of unintended pregnancy, so using contraception is best if you plan to have sex.

– Condoms protects against both unintended pregnancy and STIs, including HIV.