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Question - How old do I have to be to buy condoms? Is there a certain legal age?
Answer - There is no legal age you must be to buy condoms. It is possible to buy condoms at any age no matter how old you are although it is always better to be abstinent. If you are not sexually active, good for you, you are one of a number of young adults who are making the promise. The promise is a promise to yourself that you will not have sex until you are married. You can be sure you won't get pregnant or get someone pregnant and you will not contract HIV or an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) from sexual activity. After all, the only sure way to be 100% protected from HIV / AIDS is to abstain from or stay away from sexual activity altogether. If you are young, it's probably the best thing to do anyway. I don’t think anyone is disputing that abstinence is the safest and best choice for teenagers. But research suggests that teens who participate in abstinence-only sex education programs or make so-called “purity pledges” promising to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have sex as teens who don’t -- and are less likely to take precautions when they do have sex. Condoms, not promises, help teens
Question - What if I am sexually active, will I get in trouble for buying condoms?
Answer - Absolutely not! If you are sexually active, it is your responsibility to keep you and your partner protected from Sexually Transmitted Diseases with responsible sexual behavior and the correct use of condoms. If you are very young you will not get in trouble for buying condoms, although the sales clerk or pharmacist may give you a look. Speaking as a dad, I would be sad and disappointed if I found out my child was having sex without talking to me first but............. I would be mad as hell if I found out my child was having unprotected sex!
If you are having sex it's a decision you will have to live with, but if you have unprotected sex, it's a decision you might regret if someone gets pregnant or a decision you might possibly die with if you get AIDS. Bottom line, stay safe!
Question - My mom won't let me buy condoms, what do I do?
Answer - There are plenty of places to buy condoms, so not using them is not the answer.
Let me first say, you should try to talk to your parents. If you can't talk to your parents or they wont talk to you then try to talk with your counselor, sex educator or at the very least learn how to put a condom on correctly and make sure you use them every time
If you must have sex without your parents consent or knowing, than please at least try to talk to your doctor, school counselor or Healthcare professional and most of all please, please stay safe and Rip n Roll (use a condom and use it correctly).
If you can't buy condoms in stores or are scared to, your doctor or local health center or Planned Parenthood center, will surely help you out. I know that you are reading this article and that means you probably want to stay safe and protected so good for you!