How do I have (safer) sex?
Latex barriers are one of the safer ways to have sex. Condoms, dental dams, female condoms, these are all items that reduce the risk of STI transmission. They do not protect against HPV, which is transmitted via skin-to-skin contact, but latex barriers do prevent the transmission of STIs found in bodily fluids. Hormonal birth control and diaphragms help to prevent unwanted pregnancy, but do not protect against STI transmission.
What is the * after the word trans?
The asterisk (*) after the word “trans” is used to be more inclusive. Most people see “trans” and think immediately of folks who have used medical procedures to alter their body, or of someone who identifies as transsexual. The asterisk denotes the inclusion of all genders under one category.
How do gays/lesbians have sex?
Sex between two (or more) gay/lesbian identified people varies just as greatly as sex between two (or more) heterosexuals. Manual, oral, anal, vaginal sex, or even mutual masturbation, is practiced across all genders and sexualities. There is no one way to have sex.
What are dental dams?
Dental dams are a latex barrier used for safer oral sex with a vagina or anus.
Do you have any information on HIV/AIDS?
For information about HIV/AIDS, read this post.
Should I be “cleaning up” before anal sex?
Enemas are a bottle of fluid used to flush out your rectum and loosen constipation. I have heard of some people using them to “clean house,” but it’s not necessary. There are some areas of your body that clean themselves, the rectum being one of them (the vagina being another!) NEVER use tap water (shower water, etc) for an enema. Aside from being incredibly unpleasant, you could do some serious damage to your body. No joke. Your organs are actually quite fragile and cannot withstand the water pressure. There’s pretty much no coming back from flooding your bowels like that. Enemas are usually available at your local pharmacy, and cost an average of $10.