What is Safe Sex? How to Have Safe Sex Always

Have Safe Sex Always

Introduction

Well, you realize safe sex does not in any way take the pleasure associated with sex. Practicing safe sex simply means combining sex pleasure with less risk associated with contraction of HIV and some other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), for example, syphilis or herpes.

Safe sex helps to enhance partner’s sex life. This is very possible because it increases trust and communication between the sexual partners.

What is the Safest’ Sex?

Of course, the safest way of curbing STIs or HIV is by abstinence, which does not involve sexual activity.

Well, safe sex involves protecting yourself and the partner against Sexually Transmitted Infections. This, therefore, helps you to remain safe and is likely to make sex life even better.

If for example, your partner’ is infected by HIV or STI, or maybe you have no history about his/ her sexual history, some of the recommendable safe sexual activities should include.

-Caressing of the partners through the use of non-sexual massage.

-Kissing  -Rubbing against one another, although with clothes on.

-Touching one another’s body erotically or each partner touches their body.

-Having ‘ phone sex or fantasizing

How do we have a Safe Sex?

Safer sexual’ intercourse is associated with risks, although it is believed to be safer compared to avoiding precautions.

Therefore, safe sex means ensuring you don’t allow the partner’s vagina secretions or semen to get into the vagina, penis, anus or mouth. Generally, it means avoiding the genitalia skin-to-skin contact.

The reason is that some STIs are mostly spread through skin-to-skin’ contact. Safe sex may also mean taking the best precaution especially if you have sores, cuts or bleeding gums. These have a high likelihood of increasing the risk of contracting HIV virus and STIs infections.

Therefore safe sex means undergoing protected sex whenever you are engaging in sexual activity. They include:

-Using female or male condom during vaginal sex.

-During oral sex one can use a condom, plastic wrap or dental dam.

-Use a male or female condom during Anal sex.

Using Condoms to Prevent STIs and Make Sex Safe

Latex condoms are highly effective because they help to block bacteria, viruses and some other infectious particles. They also help in preventing unplanned pregnancies.

There are two main types of condoms. They include regular’ condoms that are worn on the penis and the female condoms usually worn inside the anus or vagina.

Note, you should never use a male condom and a female one at the same time. It is either of the two.

The two types of condoms help in protecting the partners by blocking the fluids that contain infections from getting into other’ person’s genitals’.

By covering the inside of vaginal or penis, they make sex safe and they prevent skin-to-skin contact which can easily spread STIs.

There are other condoms that are made by the use of animal membranes. These are not safe at all, because they only help to prevent pregnancy. Only plastic or latex condoms help in preventing STIs and HIV infection.

How Dental Dams Makes’ Oral Sex Safe

Dental dams refer to thin, square piece’ of latex that plays a role of preventing STDs’ during oral sex on the vulva or anus. They keep away vaginal fluids from gaining access to the mouth.

Also prevents skin-to-skin’ contact between the vulva, anus or mouth. Dental dams also help to prevent germs that are likely to bring about digestive infections during oral-to-anal sex.

Using Lubricant to Make Sex Safe

This is another great method of ensuring safe sex, though it is not very popular. Lube helps to make sex safer and at the same time increases pleasure and comfort.

The friction which occurs when genitals are rubbed against one another during intimacy can make the skin get irritated, or create tears.

Genital skin is highly sensitive and this could make it highly susceptible to STIs. Same friction can also lead to condom burst.

Therefore, lube ensures sex is good and more slippery. This decreases the friction hence leading to more comfortable and safe sex.

Using lubricant does not mean there is something wrong. In fact, things such as hormonal changes, medicine, age, and stress can affect how vagina wets during the period of sex.

Lube is also highly important for anal sex. Unlike vagina’, anus may not be able to lubricate itself. You realize if lube is not used, anal sex may not turn out to any good.

In fact, it will be painful. Dry anal’ sex results into tears and irritation of the rectum and anus, increasing the risks of HIV and other STIs.

Conclusion

Always engage your partner on safe sex talk every time you want to engage in sex. This will enable you to work’ together for a safe’ sex plan and also help to prevent spreading. It may not be the easiest conversation, but it’s very essential for a healthy sex life.

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