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Safer Sex

Safer sex is defined as any sexual activity using precautions such as condoms or dental dams to reduce the likelihood of acquiring HIV and/or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 

The term safer sex acknowledges that people may not use these items every time they have sex. Safer sex reflects the fact that things such as condoms and dental dams reduce, but do not completely eliminate, the risk of getting or giving infections.

Questions about safer sex?  Visit www.catie.ca to learn more or contact one of our educators at 519.434.1601

What is safer sex about?

  • Reducing your risk(s) of getting HIV or other sexually transmitted infections.
  • Acknowledging that sex can still be fun, stimulating, exciting, and erotic while using precautions.
  • Being for everyone regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, number of partners or if you believe you are in a monogamous relationship.

Safer Sex Resources

When used properly, internal and external condoms can help reduce of the likelihood of acquiring sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, You can get both types of condoms free at RHAC. 

Learn how to use condoms:

Personal lubricant is also a good way to make sex more comfortable and protect mucous membranes.  Remember: only use waterbased lubricants with latex condoms! Get free lubricant at RHAC.

Dental dams are also an option ; they are small, thin pieces of latex. Dental dams are supplied for free at RHAC.

Watch a short video about how to use a dental dam.

If you think condoms are:

    • Confusing - practice on yourself, your partner(s), a banana, dildo or sex toy.
    • Intimidating - talk with your partner(s) and discuss safer sex options.
    • Embarrassing - take a deep breath. It really is easier after the first time you buy them, get them from us, use them, or talk about them.
    • Inconvenient - have condoms handy and make them a part of foreplay.  You can also incorporate them into your masturbation practices to get used to them when erect.

      You will be better able to protect yourself if you:

      • Know about HIV/AIDS and safer sex.
      • Make safer sex choices before you are in a sexual situation.
      • Get tested for HIV on a regular basis.
      • Feel comfortable about your sexuality.
      • Talk to your partner about what you are thinking.
      • Be a person who respects your partner's safer sex choices.

      Additional information:

      Please contact one of our educators to answer any questions you may have!