Our expert says:
Rimming or licking of the anus, means exactly what you probably think it does - licking the outside of someone's anus with your tongue. "Eating" usually means not only licking the outside, but also sticking your tongue into somone's anus. This can also be called "tongue sex" - gives tongue in the cheek a whole new meaning. Sometimes you hear people talking abouthow they like to "bury" their face in a person's anus - this also menas rimming.
Some people get completely turned off at the thought of putting their mouth on someone's anus, while others get a hard - and say they could do it for hours. Most people whi like getting rimmed enjoy it because the skin around the anus is very sensitive and having a wet tongue on it can create an intense feeling of pleasure. Rimming can help relax a person's anus before finger sex or anal penetration. It also gets the anus wet and can make sliding a finger into it a little bit easier and more comfortable for the other person.
If you are HIV positive you may be more susceptible to getting intestinal parasites and bacterial infections, in addition to other infections which could be harmful to your health and even life threatening.
HIC can only be transmitted if there are infected blood or ejaculate in the anus, if you have sores or cuts in your mouth, or if you take faeces into your mouth. (HIV may be found in faeces that has no blood in it).
There is a high risk for other diseases like Hepatitis A, B and C, as well as intestinal parasites and bacterial infections.
Make sure the person's anus has been cleaned with soap and water before rimming.
Don't finger the anus and then lick the finger.
Use a dental dam or plastic wrap to cover the anus before going down on it.
Finger sex after rimming , not before.
If you've been in the anus, do not penetrate the vagina, as this will cause infection. First in the vagina, and then the anus, or else use a condom in between that gets changed.
Get the Hepatitis A & B vaccines.
Dr Elna McIntosh
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