The overlooked population of the world LGBTQIA often struggles with proper guidance for safer sex practices. This is because of the heteronormative sex education across the world that rarely involves what is most needed by LGBTQIA peoples.
Even a nation like the United States does not provide apt sex education programs for gender minority students. And this gap in education makes it really hard for LGBTQ+ students to dwell with their identity and individualism.
To steer clear the doubts and questions on LGBTQIA sex education, here is our safe sex guide that includes everything that bisexual, lesbian, queer women, and gay need to know before having sex with their partner.
LGBTQIA Safe Sex Guide
Can I Get STIs?
There is a common belief that STI or sexually transmitted diseases occur only when a penis is involved. Contrary to it, STIs can be spread even though there is no penetrative sex.
Instead, it spreads via bodily fluids when somebody comes into the skin to skin contact with an infected person. Oral sex, sex toys, and even fingers covered with bodily fluids can also spread STIs when touched to genitals.
Therefore, it is also important for LGBT people and not just people of the opposite gender involved in sex to know about safer sex practices.
Is Oral Sex Safe Option For LGBTs?
Use a dental dam if you are involved in oral sex. This is a thin rectangular sheet of latex that restricts the direct skin to mouth contact. You can buy one or use a DIY dental dam. Make your dental dam by cutting a condom in a rectangle sheet.
Finger cots and latex gloves are best for protection against STIs. Their use prevents the spread of germs and bodily fluids during fingering and fisting. Always use it with your clean hands and apply lube to feel more pleasure and avoiding friction.
Just like condoms, use a new pair of gloves every time you are involved in sex and dispose of the used ones properly.
Should LGBTQIA Go For A Smear Test Too?
As said above that STIs have nothing to do with penetrative sex (one that involves the penis), thus smear test is important for everyone. Most of the STIs like HPV or human papillomavirus can be easily spread when you share sex toys, involve in oral sex, or through skin-to-skin contact.
HPV shows no symptoms and is very common thus go for a smear test before you and your LGBT partner involves in sex. And not just HPV, but HIV and other STIs can be easily spread among LGBTQIA though the transmission rates are very low. So, get tested.
What About Sex Toys?
Sex toys have always been a part of the pleasure and are considered a safe bet to avoid STIs. But, merely using the vibrator or dildos don’t reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
One has to properly take care of their sex toys and avoid sharing it with multiple partners. Wash the sex toys before and after every use of it. Check our sex toys safety guide to ensure full safety during sex.
Is Sex Safe With Multiple Partners For LGBTs?
Sex with more than one partner increases the risk of STIs and it is even true for LGBTQIA peoples.
Consent And Communication
Sex can be experienced best with consent and even more important for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and other gender minority of the LGBTQ+ community.
Because the experience would be different and since there is the least information on safer sex practices for LGBT thus one may not feel safe about the idea of sex.
So, go for verbal consent and talk about your sex fantasy before experiencing pleasure. Ask them how would they like to get touched and touching at which part of their body will give them more pleasure.
Start with hand sex if they are not sure about the skin-to-skin contact, sex toys, or oral sex. Hand sex is an equal pleasure and it would give you an idea of where and how your partner feels better.
[Note: Wash your hands properly before involving in hand sex. Also, use lube to multifold the pleasure]
No matter whether you are bisexual, gay, lesbian, or transgender, sex is for everyone and the safer sex practices will help you enjoy the pleasure without worrying about STIs.