General Tips for Safer Play
Before Before play (Be Prepared!)
- Clean all your sex toys/dildos.
- Have ready access to barriers (condoms, gloves, dams) and lube.
- Keep your fingernails short and smooth.
- Maintain good oral hygiene.
- Have an idea of your hard limits, and how you plan on avoiding them.
- Know if you have any allergies (like latex).
- Know your lube preferences, and how different lubes interact with different toys and parts of the body.
- Know what agreement you have with a fluid-bondee for playing outside.
- Be aware of cuts or scraps on your body, especially hands and mouth, and if you’re feeling sick.
- “Sting test” your hands (and any other parts of your body that may come into contact with fluids): Sex fluids that carry infections can infect microcuts that might result from ordinary dry skin or abrasions of any sort, and are invisible to the naked eye. You can check skin for microcuts by splashing it with rubbing alcohol, lemon juice or vinegar: which will cause cuts to sting (frequent exposure to rubbing alcohol will dry the skin in a way that can cause damage).
- Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap.
- Don’t brush your teeth or floss.
- Take a piss.
- Inform players of your allergies, lube preferences.
- Look at other players hands, and if relevant, genitals for lesions.
- Negotiate how you want to play. <LC: more info in link coming soon>
- The best way to decrease the risk of infection transmission is to prevent infected site contact and limit abrasions.
- If relevant, make sure barriers are used effectively.
- Avoid rubbing your/their eyes, especially if there’s been junk/butt/mouth touching.
- Don’t move from back activity to front activity without a barrier change .
- Consent. Checking in. <LC: more info in link coming soon>
- Throw any used barriers in a bin.
- Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap (or use hand sanitiser).
- Take a piss, especially after IV.
- Aftercare. <LC: more info in link coming soon>
Our complete safer sex guide is here. Where appropriate, further advice should be sought from a medical practitioner.