Safer sex is any form of sex which reduces the risk of HIV or sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  The activities listed below are safer, meaning that they can’t pass on HIV. Some may still have the potential to pass on STI’s.

 

There is no risk of HIV transmission from kissing.

There is no risk of HIV transmission from kissing.

There is no risk of HIV transmission from touching, massage, frottage and stroking.

There is no risk of HIV transmission from touching, massage, frottage and stroking.

Rimming is licking someone’s anus or having your anus licked. There is no risk for HIV. There can be a risk for Hepa...

Rimming is licking someone’s anus or having your anus licked.

There is no risk for HIV. There can be a risk for Hepatitis A and gut infections such as Shigella.

Mutual masturbation is wanking with a partner. There is generally no risk. Touching and rubbing each other’s penis i...

Mutual masturbation is wanking with a partner.

There is generally no risk. Touching and rubbing each other’s penis is safe but using each other’s semen (pre-cum or cum) as a lube presents a risk for HIV transmission.

There is no risk of HIV transmission if condoms are used correctly and consistently. Using a condom and water based ...

There is no risk of HIV transmission if condoms are used correctly and consistently.

Using a condom and water based or silicon based lube makes anal sex safe for both the insertive (top) and the receptive (bottom) partner. If used properly condoms are very reliable, however, they can occasionally break or slip off. It’s a good idea to check from time to time that the condom is on and that it is still intact.

To find out more about condomless anal sex and HIV have a look at our interactive viral load & safer sex webapge.

There is no risk of HIV transmission. There can be a risk for eye infections if urine gets in your eye.

There is no risk of HIV transmission. There can be a risk for eye infections if urine gets in your eye.

Fisting is gradually inserting the whole hand into a partners anus. There is no risk of HIV transmission if using la...

Fisting is gradually inserting the whole hand into a partners anus.

There is no risk of HIV transmission if using latex gloves, there is a low risk if not wearing gloves. There can be a risk of Hepatitis C.

There is no risk of HIV transmission if toys are washed thoroughly or a fresh condom is put on the toys between diffe...

There is no risk of HIV transmission if toys are washed thoroughly or a fresh condom is put on the toys between different partners. There can be some risk if toys are shared without changing condoms between partners.

Scat is sex that involves faeces. There is no risk of HIV transmission. There can be a risk of Hepatitis A and gut i...

Scat is sex that involves faeces.

There is no risk of HIV transmission. There can be a risk of Hepatitis A and gut infections such as Shigella.

PrEP is not a catch-all safer sex strategy. PrEP only protects against HIV infection. You could still get other STIs...

PrEP is not a catch-all safer sex strategy. PrEP only protects against HIV infection.

You could still get other STIs like gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia. As condoms are still the best way to prevent these and other STIs we recommend that you use condoms too. As part of taking PrEP you will be asked to have regular HIV and STI tests to ensure the medication is working. This means if you’re taking PrEP you will have regular opportunities to discuss your sexual health needs, including safer sex strategies, with health professionals.