Questions & Answers
Love means wanting what is best for the other person now and in the future. Is it really possible to love someone and be willing to gamble with his/her health, life, happiness, and future welfare? If it is real love, it can wait.
No, there is no particular look to someone with an STI/STD. Being infected with an STI/STD is not based on race, gender, or status. Many people have STIs/STDs and don't even know it.
Feeling in love or even planning to get married may create a sense of intimacy, or even commitment. However, such relationships can be fairly easily dissolved and can never offer the security and portection of marriage. Even if the engagement does end in marriage, there is a 50% higher rate of divorce among couples who live together prior to marriage.1
A good minimum guideline is to declare everything covered by a bathing suit as off-limits. Everyone needs to know his or her boundaries before getting in a risky situation. Once someone is excited physically, it can be difficult to stop.
Yes, a young woman can get pregnant before she even has started her menstrual cycle because ovulation (the process in which the ovum (egg) drops down to possibly be fertilized) takes place prior to the first period.