Safer Sex

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Safer sex means protecting yourself and others from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) by using a condom. Ensure you use the right sized condom ideally with water based lubricant.

Safer sex is also about negotiating what you are about to participate in & to respect your partner at all times.

The safest way to protect you and your partner against STIs and pregnancy is to use either male or female condoms.

Male Condoms

Male condoms are made in four basic sizes, tighter fitting, regular, large and extra large, so there really is no excuse for not using one.

Each time you do not use a condom, you risk catching an STI. Using condoms should be fun and can be made part of sex. Using condoms can be made part of sex; putting on the condom does not have to be the job of the person wearing it.

Either partner should:

  • check the date
  • ensure there are Kite and CE marks
  • open the condom without damaging it with teeth, finger nails or jewellery

If you would like to see how a condom is put on, here’s a short film.

To find out more about male condoms click here

To find out more about male condoms click here

Female Condoms

Female condoms are made in one size only to fit all women. It is not as effective as the male condom, however, it is designed to protect against both pregnancy and STIs.

For more information on female condoms and how to
use them click here.

For more information on female condoms and how to
use them click here.

Dental Dams

STIs can also be transmitted through oral sex. To help prevent this, dental dams can be used. These are thin squares of latex that are placed over the vagina or anus which act to protect you from infection when performing rimming (kissing and using the tongue on the anus) or cunnilingus (kissing and using the tongue on the vagina).

If you would like more information and help on how to
use a dental dam click here.

If you would like more information and help on how to
use a dental dam click here.