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Are You Ready For Sex: Just The Facts

The legal age of sex consent is 16.

Younger than that and it is against the law for you to be having sex.  This is true for:

  • Boy/girl sex
  • Girl/girl sex
  • Boy/boy sex
  • Basically for all sex, with anyone!

But when you get to 16, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the right age for you to start having sex.

It might feel like everyone around you is having sex, because that’s what they are saying, but they could be making it up.  Never feel pressured into having sex with anyone until both of you are ready (are you ready?)

Sex and alcohol and drugs

If you’re under the influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs you might make decisions and take risks you wouldn’t normally take if you were sober. You might feel that they give you confidence and lowers any inhibitions you might have about yourself. Be aware that sometimes people might spike other people’s drinks with drugs. This can be a scary experience and it’s important to seek medical advice if you believe this has happened to you.

4 ways to keep yourself safe

  • Don’t leave drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers. Check out our 9 real life risks of drinking too much alcohol
  • Drugs and Alcohol can be highly addictive and people can become reliant on them
  • Look after yourself and your friends – be aware of your surroundings
  • If a person is intoxicated they are not legally able to give consent to engage in sexual activity

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.

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