By Sabine Walter, Pierre A. The anus has a lot of nerve endings, so anal sex can be pleasurable to both the man and the woman. That said, it also comes with a lot of risk. If you want a healthy sex life, you absolutely must know how to have anal sex safely. In fact, anal sex carries with it a much greater risk of passing on sexually transmitted diseases than vaginal sex.
Back to Sexual health. Penetrative anal sex has a higher risk of spreading STIs than many other types of sexual activity. This is because the lining of the anus is thin and can be easily damaged, which makes it more vulnerable to infection. Use a water-based lubricant, which is available from pharmacies. Oil-based lubricants such as lotion and moisturiser can cause latex condoms to break or fail. Male and female couples should use a new condom if they have vaginal sex straight after anal sex. This is to avoid transferring bacteria from the anus to the vagina, which may lead to a urinary infection.
The risk of getting HIV varies widely depending on the type of sexual activity. Anal sex intercourse , which involves inserting the penis into the anus, carries the highest risk of transmitting HIV if either partner is HIV-positive. Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual behavior for HIV transmission. Vaginal sex has a lower risk, and activities like oral sex, touching, and kissing carry little to no risk for getting or transmitting HIV. The vast majority of men who get HIV get it through anal sex.
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