In certain cultures and religions, sex should only take place within a marriage between a man and a woman.
Experimenting with sex
Young people discover their bodies and start to experiment with sex. This has always happened and applies to all cultures. This is part and parcel of the phase they are in, which is why it is a good idea to educate young people. Research has shown that if you are well-informed, you are better prepared and you also have a reduced risk of contracting HIV or another STI. Furthermore, informed young people start having at an older age than young people who have not had any sex education.
Parents and carers can act responsibly by giving young people the right information. It is always better to have safe sex with a condom than to have unprotected sex.
Religion and sex
Young people from religious backgrounds are usually brought up with strict ideas about sexuality. Consequently, they sometimes become confused when they discover their sexuality. For example, young Muslims have lots of questions about French kissing and oral sex. Are you allowed to French kiss before marriage? Is oral sex haram? These topics are discussed on sites such as geentaboes.marokko.nl, including an imam’s view.
Free and confidential STI testing
Have you had unprotected sex or think that you have contracted an STI? Don’t waste time; get yourself tested. Are you under 25? If so, you can visit an STI centre run by the community health clinic / Sense for a free and confidential chlamydia test. This is the most common STI among young people. If necessary, you will be tested for other STIs. Here you can find all the addresses and telephone numbers of the STI testing surgery times.