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Is it Normal to Be Scared to Have Sex?

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Question: Is it Normal to Be Scared to Have Sex?
A gay teen says, "I've been with my boyfriend for a while, and he says he wants to have sex, but I'm scared. What if it hurts or he breaks up with me after? And if my parents find out they'll freak out."
Answer:

It is totally normal for teens, both gay and straight to be scared to have sex. Sex is a big deal and it can bring up a lot of concerns. One way to be less afraid is to look at what is scaring you and clear up misinformation.

Of course, if you are really scared you might want to hold off before you become sexually active!

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What About STDs?

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Can I Get in Trouble for Having Sex?

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The Pain Factor

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The First Time

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How Will it Affect the Relationship

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The decision to have sex is a big one! Hopefully having more information will help you make the choice that is right for you!

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