the weather is heating up, but that doesn't mean you and your boo have to.

Learn some ways to stay close in the heat without going all the way.

  1. Cuddling
    Cuddling is a great and safe way to build and maintain intimacy.
  2. Kissing
    Make out! Kissing is a great way to show your affection, it’s completely safe and tons of fun.
  3. Hold Hands
    Holding hands isn’t just for couples in the early stages of a relationship. It’s a good way of maintaining closeness and intimacy throughout a relationship.
  4. Have “Outercourse”
    You might not be ready to have sex (oral, vaginal or anal), and that is OK. In fact, in 2015, only 41% of U.S. high school students reported having sexual intercourse. Even though you might not be ready to go “there”, you might still want to enjoy orgasm or other forms of stimulation. “Outercourse” is any form of sensual and sexual activity that does not involve the exchange of body fluids, keeping you close AND safe.

If you think you might be ready to have sex, or you have already started, make sure you have the right tools to keep you and your partner safe. Don’t forget the essentials, CONDOMS, CONDOMS, CONDOMS! Find out how you can get condoms for FREE here. You can also click HERE to find a clinic near you.

And don’t forget, consent is on a continuum. Just because you have had sexual activity before, it doesn’t mean you always want to or have to.

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