Anal sex – penis to anus, fingers/hands to anus
- Use a condom and/or latex gloves.
- Use plenty of water-based or silicone-based lubricant such as KY Gel, Wet Stuff, ID Glide). Oil-based lubricants such as Vaseline will damage the condom.
- Try to avoid contact with body fluids during sex.
- If you or your partner have any cuts, sores or bleeding in or around the anus don’t have anal se.
- If you or your partner(s) carries the virus for Genital Herpes (Herpes simplex virus - HSV1 or HSV2) and have cold sores or open sores don’t have oral, anal or vaginal sex. Cold sores and/or open sores means the virus is active. It is ok to have oral, anal or vaginal sex when the virus is not active – but remember to use a condom.
- If you and/or your partner(s) are being treated for an STI, don’t have anal sex until you have completed your course of treatment.