Abstinence
To refrain from, to not engage in; restraint from indulging a desire for something, e.g. alcohol or sexual intercourse

Abuse
Using something wrongly; misuse; overdo.

Alcohol and Drugs
Impairs the thought process and decision making skills; suppresses the immune system; increases the risk of HIV infection.

Anal Intercourse
Inserting the penis into the anus of the sexual partner.

Denial
A refusal to believe or accept what has been proven to be true; not admitting to having participated in risky behaviors.

Genitals
The reproductive organs, especially the external sex organs; the testicles and penis of a male or the labia, clitoris, and vagina of a female.

Intercourse
Social interaction or verbal communications between  individuals; sexual penetration between individuals that involves the genitalia of at least one person.

Masturbation
Self stimulation of one’s own genitals; a natural response to the human sex drive.

Monogamous
Long term (years) sexual relationship in which both partners are faithful and committed the their health and well being.

Multiple Sexual Partners
More than one sexual partner in a lifetime.

Oral Sex
Contact of the month or tongue with a partner’s penis, vagina or anus.

Risk Behavior
An act or action that can harm a person’s health or cause an HIV infection.

STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease)
Any disease that is transferred from one person to another during sexual activity. HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and Herpes are all examples.  Although there is treatment and cures for Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, HIV and Herpes are not curable.

Semen
Clear or whitish sexual fluid seeped or ejaculated from the penis that contains sperm, white blood cells and fluid, contains HIV in an infected male.

Vaginal Fluid
That provide internal cleanliness, protective lubrication for sexual intercourse and during orgasm; contains HIV in an infected female.

Virginity
Having never participated in oral, anal or vaginal sex.
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