Is It Safe To Share Sex Toys?
Yes, it can be safe to share sex toys as long as you take the proper precautions. Sexually transmitted diseases are carried via direct contact with bodily fluids or open orifices.
You can clean and sterilize your sex toys to prevent further transmission. Getting an STD from a sex toy depends on many things, including:
If you wash your sex toys after each use, you will get rid of a large amount of bacteria and viruses that could be transferred on next use.
There are different ways you can wash your sex toy depending on the material. Before cleaning, find out what your sex toy is made of.
- Cyberskin — Use a mild amount of soap and water. The material is very delicate, so avoid roughing it up too much during the wash.
- Motorized — Use soap and water (along with a soft cloth) to clean
- Non-motorized — Use the dishwasher (without soap) if indicated. If not indicated, boil the toy in water for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Hard plastic/jelly rubber — If your partner has used it and has/had an STD, place a condom on it before use.The porous material will hold STDs and bacteria for an indefinite amount of time even after rigorous washing.
Honesty in your relationship
You can avoid contracting STDs from your sex toys if you keep sex a candid conversation topic. Instead of making it taboo, talk with your partner when you’re doing the deed with them or when you’re doing it solo.
A big misconception is that STDs are a “scarlet letter.” While STDs can be dangerous, there are many ways to cope with them in positive ways. Being open and honest with your partner and knowing about any STDs shared between the two of you can help prevent further spread.
Typical contraceptive techniques such as condoms and dams can help avoid the spread of STDs from sex toys.
Taking birth control pills or other oral contraceptives do not prevent the spread of STDs. By using male/female condoms along with dams, you can prevent diseases and bacteria such as:
- Bacterial vaginosis
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