Chastity (sexual abstinence) is a virtue in many societies, and a legal requirement in some. Unless sex is forced, chastity is a choice. You do not need to gain peer acceptance or popularity through sexual activity. Be unconventional—delay gratification. Do not confuse love with sex, do not yield to pressure to have sex, and do not fear rejection for refusing to have sex. Yielding to impulse opens you to the potential risks of shame, embarrassment, regret, and long-term health issues.
Abstinence reduces risk of sexually transmitted disease, unwanted pregnancy, and social stigma. Understand and manage your libido. You can sublimate your desires through, for example, vigorous physical exercise, art, writing, and other creative pursuits.
Be self-aware and independent. Assert responsibility for your preventive health, well-being, and freedom.