IS BAREBACKING SAFE?
Life and sex are about a balance between risk and pleasure. The most important thing is to be informed about what are your risks are and then decide how much pleasure you will have by taking some risk versus avoiding any risk. That is a decision only you and your partner can make.
No cases of HIV transmission have been reported from a rim job--most experts believe rimming is safer sexual activity in terms of HIV. Rimming or oral-anal sex can transmit other infections, however, like shigella, amebiasis, cryptosporidium, giardia, and hepatitis A. All of these illnesses are transmitted via contaminated fecal matter (stool). You can use a cut-up condom, household plastic wrap or a dental dam for rimming to lessen your risks. Also, have both partners wash thoroughly with soap and warm water before and after sex. Getting vaccinated for hepatitis A and B plus regular STD checkups are the best ways to stay healthy.
The trick in your situation is to be very sure both partners are truly monogamous. It's a good idea to keep communication open so you can both continue to be assured of your sexual health.
For more information on the risks associated with different sex practices and how to make your sex safer, visit our STD chart or call the San Francisco City Clinic at 415-487-5500.
To your health,
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