You know when you’re doing something that you know is wrong, but you just think to yourself in order to justify what you’re doing, “Eh… this can’t be that bad.” Turns out it can be!
Semi-recently, I had sex with someone using her sex toy, and we didn’t put a condom on it. I know better. In the past, I’ve always put condoms on sex toys that I shared with people. And I remember thinking at the time, “This is probably a terrible idea.” I was right. Here’s why!
If you don’t want to read the full article, here are a couple of juicy tidbits from it:
- HPV can live on thermoplastic elastomer for twenty-four hours after use.
- HPV can live on various materials even after they’re cleaned with a commercial cleaner.
- A shitload of people use sex toys. Probably lots of people you know and love, like your grandma.
- Don’t blame the sex toys! HPV can be transmitted via skin-to-skin contact, even with a barrier. However, just like in regular penetrative / oral sex, barriers always help to minimize risk.
Now go out, get a silicone dildo, and remember to put a rubber on that bad girl. Safer sex is hot sex!
If you’re up for more reading on risk potential and barrier use, check out this article from Salon on oral sex.