Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at higher risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) than men who have sex with only women.It’s very important that MSM use condoms with each sex act, consistently, with no exceptions. Don’t avoid discussing pregnancy prevention, as young men who identify as gay may have sexual contact with women as well.
Let them know that if they’re romantic with somebody, you want to meet that person, and you want them to be honest about the nature of their relationship. Does your gut tell you that they might try to do something dishonest?
Discuss your rules: no overnights with a romantic partner, no being in the room with the door closed, etc. If they don’t have your trust, how can they regain it?
Gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens are just like heterosexual teens in that they will get crushes, probably date, and hopefully learn a little about themselves in the process.
They will discover more about how to function in romantic relationships and what they want in a partner.
If you want to go to the experts, make an appointment with a medical provider who you know to be knowledgeable about LGB health issues; your primary care provider may fit the bill.