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close this bookWhere Women Have No Doctor - A Health Guide for Women (Hesperian Foundation, 1997, 600 p.)
close this folderChapter 10: Staying Healthy
close this folderSpecial Needs of Women
View the documentRest and exercise
View the documentRegular health exams
View the documentSafer sex
View the documentFamily planning
View the documentGood care during pregnancy and birth
View the documentVaccinations against tetanus
View the documentRegular breast exams

Safer sex

Having unprotected sex or sex with many partners makes a woman more at risk for getting an STD, including HIV/AIDS. Untreated STDs can cause infertility, pregnancies in the tube, and miscarriage. Having many partners also makes a woman more at risk for developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and cancer. A woman can help prevent all these problems by practicing safer sex.


¨ AIDS has become a major cause of death among women.