Safer Sex Risk Assessment

Safer Sex Risk Assessment Table

If You Have...

You Can Get...

Reduce the Risk by Using...

HIGH RISK

Unprotected cunnilingus during menstruation (mouth to pussy contact) Herpes, HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Genital Warts (HPV). Dental dam, non-microwaveable plastic wrap
Unprotected anal intercourse All of the above. Condom
Unprotected vaginal intercourse All of the above, plus pregnancy. Condom, female condom (Reality)

MEDIUM RISK

Unprotected cunnilingus(not during menstruation) or analingus (mouth to pussy/anus contact) Herpes, HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Genital Warts (HPV). Dental dam, non-microwaveable plastic wrap
Unprotected fellatio All of the above. Condom
Sharing sex toys All of the above. Condom
Finger(s) or hand(s) in vagina If cuts or lesions exist, Herpes, HIV, Warts, Hepatitis B & C. Gloves, finger cots

LOW RISK

French kissing (mouth to mouth with tongue) Colds and flus, Hepatitis B (Hep C not yet documented). Hepatitis B vaccine and good judgment about making out with people who are sick!
Hand jobs / Mutual masturbation If cuts on hands come into contact with genital lesions, STDs can enter bloodstream. Condom, gloves
Protected penetration or oral sex Genital warts, Herpes (if lesions are not covered by protection). Condom, dental dam, female condom, judgment.

NO RISK**

Tribadism (dry humping)
Fantasy
Masturbation
Solo sex toy play
Phone & computer sex

 

* Much of this information was excerpted from The Survivor’s Guide to Sex. San Francisco: Cleis Press, 1999. Additional information was found in Deal With It! New York: Pocket Books, 1999.


**The risk free assessment is based on the transmission of bodily fluids and the potential for getting and giving a Sexually Transmitted Disease. Please use caution and communication (as always) if/when engaging in these behaviors. Get more information from the American Social Health Association (http://www.ashastd.org/stdfaqs)
 

Barrier Basics
Barrier Available Materials Use
Condom latex and polyurethane; lambskin does not protect against STIs penis/dildo/toy to vagina/anus/mouth
Glove latex, nitrile; vinyl not proven to protect against STIs hand to vag/anus/penis/dildo/toy
Dam latex, polyurethane, non-microwaveable saran wrap mouth to vagina/anus
Reality Condom or receptive condom Polyurethane penis/dildo/toy to vagina/anus. If using this barrier anally, be sure to turn it inside out and remove the ring after insertion.
Finger Cot Latex fingers/smaller plugs or dils to vagina/anus