What’s a barrier? Barriers (often referred to as “protection”) include condoms, internal condoms, gloves, dental dams, saran wrap – anything meant to reduce fluid transmission from person to person. Barriers are not a fail-proof method. It’s important to look up the statistics for each method. When is it a good does to use a barrier? Some examples include:
New or non-fluid bonded partners
Anonymous play (including glory holes)
Any time you switch between partners
Any time you switch between mouth, anus, or vagina with a partner with either your mouth, hand, a toy, or genitals
When using silicone toys with silicone lube
With “pervertables” – objects used for insertion that aren’t designed for this use
barriers do not replace soap and water washing and sanitization.
when borrowing toys, ensure you’re using the condoms provider by the owner, due to latex allergies and other considerations.
Dispose of barriers as soon as they’re removed from play.
If a barrier rips, tears, or fails, replace it immediately.
Wash hands, genitals, and toys with soap and water after play