Hooking Up – Safety Before Sexy

Tips for a safe hookup

Gay men practically invented the “hookup culture”. Being forced to sneak about in dark parks, alleys, public bathrooms just to get their freak on… how could that not evolve from a “something we have to do” into a “something we want to do”. Decades ago, the anonymous hookup was a necessity, and a dangerous one at that. Dark figures in dark spaces meant no chance to exchange sexual history, an abundance of unsafe spaces, and no good way to make sure there was protection.

 

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3 Tips For A Safe Hookup

Tips for a safe hookup

We’ve all been there. You’ve been swiping right, or chatting on a site like FetLife, and it’s finally time to take things to the next level. You’re excited, but underneath that excitement there’s a hint of trepidation. A worry that something might go wrong… a tinge of danger. Don’t ignore that feeling. There’s nothing wrong with hooking up, but if you’re going to do it, make sure you follow a few basic safety procedures.

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Must Read: Important information about STI

Important information about STI

Think you know everything about STIs? Keep reading to test your knowledge.

You can get an STI even if you don’t have sex.

Although the exchange of bodily fluids through sex is a surefire way to get — or give — most STIs, it’s not the only way. Herpes can spread from mouth to genitals (or back) via oral sex while viruses such as HPV can spread through skin-to-skin contact. In fact, using a condom may not be enough to prevent the spread of HPV.

Condoms do prevent transmission of many STIs, however, and you can find them for sale on our site.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Anal Sex

So you want to try anal sex, but you are a bit hesitant? Here are 5 things that every newbie needs to know about anal sex before they embark on the back-door adventure.

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1.  It shouldn’t hurt. — Anal sex should not hurt. If you experience discomfort, the chances are good that you are not using a sufficient amount of lubrication. There are numerous types of silicone or water-based lubricants available that are long-lasting and geared specifically towards anal sex. Some lubricants also have a relaxing effect that helps loosen up the sphincter muscle.

2.  Use a condom. — It’s true, you cannot get pregnant via anal sex. However, you can contract a wide array of sexually transmitted diseases indulging in anal intercourse. Every time you have anal sex, you should use a condom.

3.  Start out slow. — Anal sex should never be rushed. It works best when both partners are relaxed. When you are nervous, your muscles naturally contract. A tight sphincter muscle makes penetration difficult and uncomfortable, so taking things slow will naturally relax the body’s muscles to create a more enjoyable experience.

4.  Try an anal sex toy. — A sex toy is a great way to see what it feels like to have something in your anus before you opt to try full-blown anal intercourse. It’s also a good way to slowly relax your anus and prepare the region for penile penetration. Many anal sex toys and beads have a small tip and gradually get larger in girth to slowly loosen the anus. Some anal toys also vibrate to further stimulate all the region’s nerve-endings and create a pleasurable anal experience.

5.  If you aren’t into it, don’t do it. — Remember, if you are not into anal sex, don’t do it. You should never feel pressured by a partner to indulge in a sex act that makes you feel uncomfortable. Sex is consensual and should always be enjoyed by everyone involved. Anal sex is not everyone’s cup of tea, so always discuss the topic with your partner before you give it a try for the first time.