Generally considered and promoted by the majority of die-hard Christians, parental figures, and health professionals as the only safe and moral thing to do in terms of sex. Depending on one's personal definition, abstinence may not be limited to merely sexual intercourse, but also to sexual acitivities in general.
    Supporting reasons are:
  • to avoid pregnancy
  • to avoid contraction of STDs
  • to retain moral cleanliness
Abstinence can be practiced even after one has had sex (also known as being a "reborn virgin" or "born-again virgin") in order to achieve one of the above goals.

Some politically acceptable alternatives to abstinence are safe sex and/or a mutual devotion to one partner. Non politically acceptable alternatives include unprotected sex, casual sex, group sex, homosexual sex, etc.