Lesbian sex can be safe.
Make riskier sex safer.
- The most important way for to lower your risk of HIV infection is to avoid contact with infected body fluids (blood, vaginal fluid, semen and breast milk).
- Kissing, touching the outer body, massage and fantasizing are all safe.
- Having sex with only one uninfected person who is also having sex with only you is safer.
Safer sex can be fun!Knowing how to practice safer sex can help you feel more comfortable and have more fun.
- Talking with your partner can help you make good choices around safer sex.
- Use a barrier for any sexual activity that involves body fluids,. including:
- Oral-vaginal and hand vaginal contact.
- Oral-anal and hand-anal contact.
- Any sex where blood may be present
- For oral sex, cover the vaginal or anal area with plastic wrap, a dental dam, or a square cut out of a latex glove or condom.
- Use latex gloves for hand-vaginal or hand-anal touching.
- Use a water based lubricant between the latex and skin to increase pleasure and safety.
- Sex toys are safe - as long as you don't share hem. If you do share, use a new condom for each partner.
- If you have sex with men, use a latex condom for vaginal, anal and oral intercourse.
Don't share needles.
- Never share needles for drugs, steroids, hormones or vitamins.
- For tattoos and body piercing, make sure the artist uses new, clean needles. inks and jewelry for each person.
What about donor insemination?
- Because HIV can be passed through semen, insemination has some risk.
- Using a licensed sperm bank may reduce your risk. Sperm banks carefully screen for HIV.
- If you are using a known donor, talk with a health care provider about HIV screening.
You may want to get tested.
- You cannot tell by looking if someone is infected with HIVB. You can be infected and not know.
- The only way to know for sure is to get an HIV test.
- Practice safer sex until you and your partner have been tested AND neither of you engage in other high risk activities.