What is Safe Sex and how do you Practice It?

Published by on January 19, 2017

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What is Safe Sex and how do you Practice It?

You may feel like safe sex takes the joy out of sex, but that is not true. What safe sex does is combining the greatest sex pleasure with the least risk of contracting STIs like HIV, syphilis, and herpes. Safe sex improves your sex life by improving the communication and trust between you and your partner.

What is safe sex?

Sexual intercourse comes with some risks, but it is safer if you take precautions than failing to make any at all. By safe sex, you do not allow your partner's vaginal secretion or semen get inside your penis, vagina, mouth or anus. You also avoid genital skin to skin contact. Sexually transmitted infections are highly transmitted through skin contact. Another way of practicing safe sex is taking caution if you have any sores, cuts or bleeding gum as they increase the risk of spreading the disease. Safe sex is protecting yourself during any sexual encounter. You can do this by;
  • Practicing vaginal sex with a female or male condom
  • Anal sex with a male condom
  • Oral sex with a plastic wrap, dental dam or a condom

That is safe sex, but it is not 100% reliable. Now what I the safest sex?

The safest way to protect yourself from STD's is through abstinence, not having sex at all. The next is by sharing sex with a person who is not infected with an STI and ensure that you only have one partner who does not use any injection drugs. Also, ensure you know your partner's sex history and if not, use protective measures or practice safe sexual activities which include;
  • Rubbing against your partner's genitals with clothes on
  • Caressing your partner but non-sexually
  • Self-masturbation or practicing mutual masturbation
  • Having phone sex and fantasizing
  • Kissing
If you are both infected with HIV, you will still need to practice safe sex. This is because it will prevent you from other sexual transmitted infections and will also protect you from other HIV strains that do not respond to medication.

Condoms

Condoms and other barriers are used to block bacteria and viruses from reaching your body. The male latex condoms are mostly used since they are cheaper than the female condoms. However, if the man refuses to use a condom, there are female condoms that fit perfectly in the vagina. They require a little practice for you to get used to it. There are tips and things should consider when using and buying the barriers which are;
  • Use water based lubricants because the oil-based lubes like Vaseline can cause rubber breakage for latex condoms, but if you are allergic to latex, use a polyurethane condom which requires oil lube.
  • The condoms should be stored in a dry place away from sunlight
  • Ensure never to use a discolored, sticky condom or if it is in a damaged package
  • If you are both infected with HIV, use gloves when exploring each other's body as cuts on the hand could make it worse
  • When practicing oral sex, cover the whole genital area with a barrier.
Always make sure you both get tested before having sex for safety and trust. You should seek advice from a medical expert if you have any doubts concerning safe sex.
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