ollowing are some sexual activities that are rated for safety. Remember that engaging in hookups (casual sex) and alcohol use are two activities that can increase your risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted in­fection. Typically, unsafe behaviors involve contact with se­men, blood, or other body fluids. Those behaviors that are considered safe include activities that involve no exchange of bodily fluids. Contact your local health clinic or AIDS or­ganization for more information.

Safe

massage hugging dry kissing

body rubbing, dry humping sexual fantasy masturbation (self only) watching erotica phone/computer sex

sex toys (provided condoms are used if toys are shared) taking a bath together

Possibly Safe

French kissing

anal intercourse with condom

vaginal intercourse with condom fisting with glove cunnilingus with dental dam fellatio with condom

anal rimming or analingus with dental dam

vaginal or anal stimulation with fingers using latex glove

Possibly Unsafe

cunnilingus without a dental dam

vaginal or anal stimulation with fingers without latex glove fellatio without a condom

sharing sex toys without cleaning or changing condoms in between uses fisting without a glove

anal rimming or analingus without a dental dam Unsafe

anal intercourse without condom vaginal intercourse without condom blood contact

cunnilingus without a dental dam during menstruation

Source: Adapted from "Safer Sex Basics,” 2005.

more likely to engage in sexual intercourse (and have more sexual partners) than those who do not drink (Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, 2002).

Подпись:In Chapter 6, we talked about the importance of communication. Communication is key to safer sex relationships. When there is talk about safe sex, women are more likely than men to bring up the topic (M. Allen et al., 2002). But it’s important for all couples to talk about each other’s past sexual relationships prior to engaging in sexual inter­course or sexual activity. Not only will such openness result in safer sex, it will also re­sult in a healthier relationship.

Throughout this chapter you have learned that human sexuality is shaped by cultural, ethnic, religious, psychological, and biological influences. All of these factors help us to determine what sexual behaviors we will engage in and which are unacceptable for us. These influences also shape our sexual attitudes and our ability to talk about sexuality.