LGBTQ Sexual Health

 

Our former intern Harlyn holding a dental dam.

There are many myths surrounding the sexual health of LGBTQ people: “No worries about pregnancy” “All gay men have AIDS” “Lesbians can’t get STDs” “Transgender people can’t have sex” All of these are myths. LGBTQ youth have to be responsible about their sexual health just like their straight peers. No matter words what transgender youth use to describe their body parts, they still have to keep themselves safe. Same with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer youth, no matter who they date they still need to stay safe too! These tips apply to all bodies and should be read.

LGBTQ Sexual Health

  • LGBTQ youth can get all the same STDs that their straight peers can get, so go check out that section.
  • When having vaginal-penis penetration, anal-penis penetration, or oral sex still use condoms (order free condoms) and water-based lube.
  • Use lube (water-based always)! To reduce injury and chaffing, remember to use lube. Lube prevents irritation, which lowers your risk of getting a STD. If you don't have any lube, (don't do this often, it can result in infections), you can use your own saliva, not your partner's, in case of emergency to prevent tearing. For transgender youth: Often during hormone therapy our bodies can start to reduce the production of fluids during sex which can lead to irritation and tearing.
  • Whenever you are touching another’s genitals or someone is touching yours, use latex or latex-free medical gloves to prevent the spread of skin-to-skin STDs such as HPV, herpes, genital warts, and crabs.
  • When engaging in oral sex, use a condom for penile-oral sex and dental dams (order them from us) for vaginal-oral sex. Herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HPV, and HIV can all spread through oral sex. If you don't have a dental dam, you can cut a condom in half and use that or use non-microwavable plastic food wrap. The microwavable kind has tiny holes that can let STDs still pass between partners.
  • If you possess female reproductive organs, take care to prevent pregnancy. To read more about different prevention methods, check out our page on Prevention.
  • Always use a condom when having anal sex. Anal sex, regardless of the gender of the people involved, has the highest risk of passing on STDs due to the sensitivity to injury that area has.
  • When sharing sex toys always use a condom and water-based lube. STDs can be passed between people through sex toys. Remember to frequently clean and sterilize your sex toys. To sterilize use a professional toy cleaner or boil in a pot of water for 15 minutes. Don’t share toys that can’t be protected with a condom or sterilized between uses. Avoid plastic and rubber toys that can be porous (tiny holes that can keep STDs stored) and look for silicon toys instead.

Always use protection no matter the gender of the person you are having sex with.