STD Prevention

To help reduce the transmission of STDs, individuals must consider what they do and how they do it. It is not how you identify, but what-you-put-where that counts.

People can be very creative when it comes to sexual behaviors. Practicing safer sex can be fun, easy, erotic and completely satisfying. Here are some links to get you started. Apply these same safer sex principles to whatever you do and enjoy knowing you are taking care of yourself and your partner.

Safer vaginal sex

Can I get HIV from vaginal sex? (from the CDC)

Safer oral sex

General info about oral sex from AVERT 

Information from the CDC about oral sex and HIV

Making oral sex safer

Information from gayhealth.com

Safer anal sex

Information from gayhealth.com (note: this page contains graphic language)

Information on using latex squares (dental dams)

Information safer anal sex (note: this page contains graphic language)

Other safer sex practices

Sex toys and vibrators that are shared between sex partners should be covered with a latex barrier (condoms) or washed with soap and water between partner use.

Fisting, the insertion of fingers or hand into the vagina or anus of a partner, can be safer if the person inserting wears a latex glove as a barrier to the possible transmission of disease.

There are many non-penetrative activities that carry little or no risk of disease transmission, such as dry humping and mutual masturbation. These can still bring great pleasure to sex partners wanting to reduce disease risk but still share pleasurable sex play.

The daily use of certain medicine (e.g., PrEP) may help prevent the transmission of HIV.