Vaginal sex – penis to vagina, fingers/hands to vagina
- Use a condom and/or latex gloves.
- Use water-based or silicone-based lubricant such as KY Gel, Wet Stuff, ID Glide) if needed. Oil-based lubricants such as Vaseline will damage the condom. Try to avoid contact with body fluids during sex.
- 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/latex glove or dental dam.
- If you and/or your partner(s) are being treated for an STI, don’t have vaginal sex until you have completed your course of treatment.
Unprotected vaginal sex, between a man and a woman, can result in pregnancy. Using contraception will reduce the risk of pregnancy, however the majority of contraception methods do not protect against STIs. Protect yourself – use a condom and contraception!
For more information about the range of contraceptive methods available visit the 'Contraceptive Choices' section