the modern safer sex guide: free download

by Violet Blue on November 11, 2007

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This is so exciting! Now available as a free download, my Modern Safer Sex Guide! It’s a small .zip file containing up to date, CDC current safer sex quick facts for easy reference on your iPhone, iPod Touch, Palm, Blackberry, or any other mobile device. There are three files — a .pdf (looks great on the iPhone), a .txt (for any text device) and a .pdb (for Palm, etc.).

The .pdf is chock-full of info-heavy links, and what’s truly exciting about the guide is that it includes answers to questions about sharing sex toys, ejaculation in nose and eyes (hey, it happens!), and even a whole lot of really basic facts — even a few about avoiding pregnancy. The entire guide is cut and pasted after the jump (with links), but please do pass this free download link around to anyone you think might need or want safer sex answers *exactly* when they’re needed.

This is part of my Digita Publications and Open Source Sex mission — yay! Sex-positivity for all genders, orientations, and devices. Special thanks to Libsyn for hosting, and the assistance of sex educators and sexologists from SFSI and The Center for Sex and Culture.

Oh, c’mon — I know all the kids Twitter during sex these days.

Availability: Instant download
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Files included: .zip (228 KB .pdf, 8KB .txt, 4 KB .pdb)
Price: Free
Download: The Modern Safer Sex Guide


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Safer Sex Info

Compiled CDC current 11.2007. Stay up to date by visiting cdc.org and sfsi.org for supplemental information on toys and alt sex acts. Compiled by Violet Blue 1998-2007: tinynibbles.com, published as part of Open Source Sex Ed Digita, Digita Publications sex-positive eBooks and audiobooks, digitapub.com.

It’s called “safer” sex because it’s not 100% safe — for birth control or sexually transmitted disease (infections, and viruses). But practicing safer sex means you make an “informed decision” — you know what you’re at risk for before you decide to take a risk, any risk, whether it’s to use a condom or go bare. Lots of us want to have unprotected sex. Just know the facts so you can make the best choice for yourself each time you engage in a sex act.

Before you put each other’s naughty bits in your mouths or even think about rubbing your bodies together, it’s a good idea to know where these bits have been. But since we don’t all live in a perfect world, in fact, no one does, you’ll want to use condoms, gloves, dental dams or fingercots when you have oral, vaginal and anal sex, when you use or share sex toys, and in some cases, when you give hand jobs. When someone pulls out a condom, dam glove or ‘cot, you know you’re in good hands. Here are your first line of defense against invading infections and viruses, in short order:

Condoms: Available in latex and polyurethane, in dozens of sizes, colors and flavors. Animal skin condoms do not prevent the spread of some viruses. A condom is a snug sheath that unrolls onto a penis or sex toy. Use condoms for fellatio, vaginal and anal sex, and for covering sex toys that are made of porous materials, or when you want to share a sex toy.

Change condoms for different sex partners and orifices — something used anally should be covered with a condom before being inserted orally or vaginally. Don’t re-use your toy condoms. Do not use anything containing oils of any kind where latex condoms may come in contact; however, polyurethane condoms may be used with oils. Always add extra lube when using latex condoms, as they absorb moisture, and keeping them moist is key to keeping them from breaking. You’ll increase sensitivity and both of your pleasure if you add a drop of lube inside the tip of the condom before you roll it on.

Dental Dams: Thin squares of latex or polyurethane used as a barrier for cunnilingus and rimming. Lubricate the genitals, place the dam on top, keep a good hold on the dam and lick to your heart’s content. Available in a few flavors and colors, and in a jam you can use plastic wrap or a condom cut open and laid flat.

Gloves: Use latex or non-latex gloves for hand jobs on any gender. They protect against germs from your hands going onto genitals, can protect your hands from picking up viruses or germs, and make hands a smooth surface free of jagged nails or scratchy calluses.

Fingercots: Tiny condoms made of latex that unroll over a finger to create a sterile surface. Great for on-the-go escapades.

If you choose to go at it uncovered, know what you are at risk for. Swapping fluids is how you infect, and can be infected by, a sex partner — though it is possible to be infected from a used sex toy. Brushing and/or flossing your teeth before sexual activity opens up small cuts in your mouth and gums, putting you and your partner at higher risk.

Sexually transmitted infections, including Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Chlamydia and Trichomoniasis can be treated with medications and go away after treatment (though you can infect a sex partner if you are not finished with treatment, and there is a new antibiotic-resistant strain of Gonorrhea).

Sexually transmitted viruses including Herpes, HPV (including Genital Warts), HIV, and all strains of Hepatitis (A, B, C) can be treated and managed but not cured, and you carry them for life with constant potential for outbreaks, complications and partner infection. HIV/AIDS is fatal. Make an informed decision!

Unprotected Fellatio (Getting)

High Risk: Gonorrhea, Herpes, Syphilis.
Moderate Risk: Chlamydia, HIV, Lice/scabies, Hepatitis B, HPV (genital warts).
No Risk: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C
N/A: Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis.

Unprotected Fellatio (Giving)

High Risk: Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Herpes, Syphilis.
Moderate Risk: Chlamydia, HIV, Lice/scabies, Oral HPV.
No Risk: Hepatitis A (excepting penis-anus contact), Hepatitis C.
N/A: Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis.

Unprotected Cunnilingus (Giving)

High Risk: Gonorrhea, Herpes, Syphilis.
Moderate Risk: HIV, HPV, Lice/scabies.
No Risk: Chlamydia, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C.
N/A: Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis.

Unprotected Cunnilingus (Getting)

High Risk: Gonorrhea, Herpes, Syphilis.
Moderate Risk: Chlamydia, HPV, Lice/scabies.
No Risk: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV*.
N/A: Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis.

Unprotected Rimming (Getting)

High Risk: Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Herpes, Syphilis.
Moderate Risk: Chlamydia, Hepatitis C, HPV, HIV, Lice/scabies.
No Risk: Hepatitis A.
N/A: Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis.

Unprotected Rimming (Giving)

High Risk: Gonorrhea, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Herpes, HPV, Syphilis.
Moderate Risk: Chlamydia, Hepatitis C, HIV, Lice/scabies.
No Risk: None. This is a fairly risky activity.
N/A: Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis.

Sharing Sex Toys

High Risk: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, HIV, Syphilis.
Moderate Risk: Bacterial Vaginosis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C, Herpes, HPV, Lice/scabies, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis.
No Risk: None.
N/A: None

Deep Kissing

High Risk: None. Making out is not a high-risk activity.
Moderate Risk: Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Herpes, HPV, Syphilis.
No Risk: Chlamydia, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C, HIV, Lice/scabies.
N/A: Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis.

Dry Kissing

High Risk: None. Kiss away!
Moderate Risk: None. Phew :)
No Risk: Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes, HIV, HPV, Lice/scabies, Syphilis.
N/A: None.

Ejaculation in Eyes

High Risk*: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Herpes, Syphilis.
Moderate Risk: HIV, HPV.
No Risk: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C.
N/A: Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis, Lice/scabies.

* Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis will cause conjunctivitis.

Ejaculation on Exterior of Female Genitals

High Risk*: Gonorrhea, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Herpes, HPV, Syphilis.
Moderate Risk: Chlamydia, Hepatitis C, HIV, Trichomoniasis.
No Risk: None.
N/A: Bacterial Vaginosis, Lice/scabies, Vaginitis.

* This is a high risk activity for pregnancy.

Ejaculation in Nose

High Risk: Chlamydia Gonorrhea Hepatitis B Herpes (yes, you can get nasal Herpes), Syphilis.
Moderate Risk: HIV, HPV.
No Risk: None.
N/A: Bacterial Vaginosis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C, Lice/scabies, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis.

Anal to Oral Contact (Using Penis or Sex Toy)

High Risk: Gonorrhea, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Herpes, HPV, Syphilis.
Moderate Risk: HIV, Chlamydia, Hepatitis C.
No Risk: Lice/scabies.
N/A: Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis.

Unprotected Anal/Vaginal Contact (Anus To Vagina With Penis Or Sex Toy)

High Risk: Bacterial Vaginosis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Herpes, HIV, HPV, Syphilis, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis.
Moderate Risk: Hepatitis C
No Risk: None.
N/A: Lice/scabies

Unprotected Penis/Vagina Sex

High Risk*: Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B Herpes HIV HPV Lice/scabies Syphilis.
Moderate Risk: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C.
No Risk: None. This is a high risk activity.
N/A: None.

* This is a high risk activity for pregnancy, even if there is no ejaculation (there are often sperm in male pre-come).

Unprotected Anal Sex

High Risk: Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes, HIV, HPV, Lice/scabies, Syphilis.
Moderate Risk: None.
No Risk: Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginitis, Trichomoniasis, Chlamydia, Hepatitis A.
N/A: None

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