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Some tips from the experts
According to the Sexologist, some basic rules can make sexual expression both pleasurable AND safe.
- Always use a condom when indulging in high-risk sexual practices, such as oral, vaginal or anal sex.
- Don’t allow body fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluids or menstrual blood) to come into contact with the vagina, penis, mouth or anus – the same for broken skin.
- Avoid sexual contact if you, or your partner, have open sores on the genital area.
- Avoid oral sex if you have cold sores or a sore throat – or if you have brushed your teeth in the last few hours, as there may be traces of blood from your gums.
- Wash sexual toys, do not share them – and, if you must, use a condom.
- Avoid rough vaginal or anal intercourse as it can cause tearing, and hence bleeding.
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(Joanne Hart, Health24, July 2009)