Safe sex

Safe sex is the combination of practices individuals can take to reduce or eliminate their risk of getting pregnant, and also reduce or eliminate their risk of getting sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).  These practices reduce the or prevent the exchange of bodily fluid (like saliva, urine, semen, vaginal fluid, and blood) during sexual acts.

The principles of safe sex are something everyone can do and benefit from regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, which is why it is so important!

Birth control

External condom

  • Cost: $1 Per Use (many clinics provide them for FREE)
  • Effectiveness: 82% Effective
  • Where to Get: Grocery Stores, Gas Stations, Pharmacies, Clinics, Superstores

Ring (NUVARING)

  • Cost: Free with Medicaid, often free or low-cost with insurance
  • Effectiveness: 91% Effective
  • Where to Get: Prescription from physician, then available at the pharmacy

Internal condom

  • Cost: $2.50 Per Use (many clinics provide them for FREE)
  • Effectiveness: 79% Effective
  • Where to Get: Pharmacies, Clinics, Some Superstores

Shot (DEPO PROVERA)

  • Cost: Free with Medicaid, often free or low-cost with insurance
  • Effectiveness: 94% Effective
  • Where to Get: Clinics, Physician

Intra-uterine device

  • Cost: Free with Medicaid, often free or low-cost with insurance
  • Effectiveness: Over 99% Effective
  • Where to Get: Clinic, Physician

Birth control pills

  • Cost: Free with Medicaid, often free or low-cost with insurance
  • Effectiveness: 91% Effective
  • Where to Get: Prescription from physician, then available at the pharmacy
Local resources

AVA Care of Harrisonburg

  • pregnancy testing and ultrasounds
  • client advocacy/support for unintended pregnancy
  • male client advocates available for male mentoring

Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare

  • birth control
  • health exams
  • pregnancy and fertility

Health Department / additional website

  • contraception education
  • access to different methods

Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital

  • women’s health counseling
  • HIV testing

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