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 Practicing safe sex
In addition to "safe" essentially being a euphemism for birth control, it also implies a way of avoiding STDs - hence the use of condoms as well as pill-based birth control methods. It can also imply, although this isn't widely used, that the sex is physically safe (no copulating in the middle of a base jump, for instance) or done with full informed consent. This is the core of most sex education that isn't moralising and misleading.
 Practicing "safe" sex
Republicans, and most on the conservative and/or religious right, tend define safe sex as purely abstinence. Indeed, this is the safest form of sex, although this isn't saying much as it is like redefining a famine as "safe cuisine." The other downsides to this method is that the education offered in this form of "safe" sex is usually abstinence only. In this form of sex education the information on actually carrying out safe sex is either taught badly, in a deliberately misleading way, or isn't taught at all. This means that should sex actually happen - for whatever reason, kids are gonna fuck whether you like it or not - the methods used will be far from safe. This includes substituting vaginal for anal sex, completely neglecting condom use, and often perpetuates bizarres myths about how girls can and can't get pregnant.
 Obligatory "safe sex" joke
Person A: "Well, did you practice safe sex?"
Person B: "Yes of course I did. I had my 9mm semi-automatic with me.
 Other uses for the term "Safe Sex"
"Safe Sex" can also apply to a keeping a gun at the ready when having sex with an enemy spy. ("You don't need the gun, Mr. Bond." "That depends on your definition of safe sex!")