*** This Self-Care Guide contains information about many health topics. One of the topics covered is sexual health. Closeness, touching, and intimacy are good for health. Sex is an act that is best done in a caring, loving and monogamous relationship and there are many reasons to recommend that sexual intercourse be reserved for a marital relationship. The Catholic faith maintains that sexual intercourse is to be simultaneously an act of the deepest intimacy and an act open to the conception of new life. Because of this twofold purpose, intercourse is to be engaged in only by marriage partners. Muslims and Jews, for example, share similar moral positions. The following information should be used within the context of one's own religious, moral, and ethical values about human sexuality. If you choose to be sexually active, consider your health and peace of mind by playing it safe.