Safer sex: basics
Paydates put you at risk of catching an STI or HIV. “Safer sex” reduces the risk of contracting HIV or an STI.
This is a list of the most important safer sex tips. The medical backgrounds of the subjects, you can find them on www.infosexwork.be.
- Define your limits. What will you do? What don’t you do?
- Regularly take a HIV/STI-test. Even if you think you didn’t have taken a risk.
- If you were exposed to a seriously unsafe situation (having sex without a condom, broken condom) or you make worries, a PEP-treatment is recommended.
- Keep eye contact with the client, read his or her bodylanguage, his/her attitude,.... It helps you to discover what turns him/her on and to take care of your own safety at the same time.
- Take special care with drugs. Drugs push you past your limits and make you less aware of possible dangers.
- Don’t take poppers and Viagra at the same time. Both lower the blood pressure, the combination may cause a heart attack.
Viagra increases the blood stream to your penis and anus and makes it easier for STIs or HIV to enter your body.
Poppers widen the buttocks blood vessels and increase the risk of infection.
- No contact between vaginal fluid, blood, sperm, precum or cum at wounds or in your body.
- Be careful with alcohol and drugs. Drugs push you past your limits and make you less aware of possible dangers.
- Urinate after sex. The acids can help to remove bacteria and viruses from your urethra.
- Reduce your stress level and look after your general well-being. The more stressed you are, the more tired or sick you feel, the less your body is able to fight off an infection. You increase the risk of catching an STI.
- Regularly check your body, your penis and your balls. If you notice a change, immediately see a doctor.
- Get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B. Contact one of the organizations for sex workers.
- Wash your hands and body before and after sex
- Washing the penis
- Under the foreskin there is sebum secretion (smegma formation). Smegma causes the foreskin can slide well over the glans.
This smegma accumulates as the foreskin of the penis is not cleaned regularly. If you don’t remove it, it will become grey-green after a few days and it will stink. That’s a breeding ground for infections.
- Often there stays some urine under the foreskin. Together, this can lead to an unpleasant odor, itching, redness, irritation, inflammation and infections.
Clean the glans and foreskin with lukewarm water. If you want to use soap, preferably use pH-neutral soap.
Avoid using scented wash- and shower gels. They can disturb the natural balans from the skin.
- After showering or bathing dry the glans and foreskin thoroughly and slide back the foreskin.
- Transwomen vaginal
Only rinse your vagina on the outside with lukewarm water and avoid soap, lotions or sprays.
- Clysma (cleaning the bowels/anal douches)
- An anal douche is often taken before or after passive anal sexual contact. This is not without danger.
Don’t do this every day. It may seriously disturb your intestinal flora.
- Don’t use soap or chemicals. This also disturbs the intestinal flora and it can damage the lining of the bowels and cause wounds. These wounds can provide an entrance for infections.
- Rinse the anus only with lukewarm water (body temperature) and use a special bottle that you can buy at the chemist’s.
- Never attach the tube to the tap, the pressure would be too high!
- Never use an anal douche knob that's also used by others.