Safe Sex

Safe sex refers to the precautions we take in order not to give or receive sexually transmitted diseases. In addition to AIDS, the most feared STD, there are a number of other viruses and infections that can be passed between partners. Hepatitis, herpes, genital warts, chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea are the most common. The risks of these diseases range from pain to infertility to death, but through certain safe sex practices you can reduce or eliminate the risk of transmission.

The key to safe sex is to prevent bodily fluids, which can carry viruses or bacteria, from being transmitted between partners. Blood, semen, and vaginal juices are all fluids that can transmit STDS. Dry humping and mutual masturbation do not involve the exchange of bodily fluids and are no-risk activities. If you choose to let the juices flow however, you’ll want to use a barrier. Condoms, dental dams, and gloves are all designed to keep bodily fluids from being passed between partners. Condoms are typically used on a penis, but there is also female condom on the market. Most condoms are made of latex, but polyurethane is a newer material that appeals to folks that have latex sensitivity. Specially-designed condoms with roomier tips are designed to maximize sensation. Dental dams, made of latex, are used during oral sex, and latex gloves are used when you don’t want cuts from your fingers to come into contact with your partner’s bodily fluids.

An important goal of safe sex is to decide what risk feels ok to you and then to communicate that to your partner. There are some excellent risk assessment charts available online today. As purveyors of sex toys we’d also like to point out that sex toy play is a low-risk activity. As long as you keep your toys separate (don’t share), or use condoms on toys that will be shared, you’re engaging in very safe sex!

Check out Babeland’s Safe Sex Supplies or read more about enjoying safer sex.