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Is Anal Sex Safe?

Published: August 02, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,
is it safe to put my penis inside of my boyfriend's anus. we'll be using condoms (cause why not lol) and lots and lots of lube and obviously will stop if it hurts either of us
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Dear Is Anal Sex Safe?,

Anal sex does come with some degree of risk in terms of the transmission of STDs. There are ways of making anal sex safer. Planned Parenthood provides the following information on safer sex:

"Safer sex" is anything we do to lower the risk of getting STDs or giving others STDs .

No kind of sex with another person is guaranteed to be 100 percent safe: Since STDs don't always have symptoms, people don't always know they have them. And pregnancy can happen even if you use birth control.

But not all kinds of sex have the same risks. Vaginal and anal sex are the most likely to spread STDs, oral sex is less likely, and things like kissing, mutual masturbation, and outercourse (AKA dry humping) are even safer. Here are ways to have safer sex:

  • For vaginal sex, use birth control and condoms 
  • For anal sex, use condoms and lubricant
  • For oral sex, use a condom to cover the penis or a Sheer Glyde dam, cut-open condom, or plastic wrap to cover the vulva or anus
  • Get tested for STDs

 

Our physical well-being is definitely important to consider when it comes to having sex, but our emotional well-being is important to consider as well. That said, TeenHealthFX recommends that you read the Planned Parenthood article Am I Ready? so that you can see if you are absolutely sure you are ready to be sexually active.

If you have any additional questions or concerns about safer sex, speak to your doctor. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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