do sex toys transmit std
I was recently at a party and I heard someone asking the question if using sex toys can transmit STDs. At first I thought that was a ridiculous question and couldn’t believe it. But it turns out that there’s actually a chance that an STD could be contracted through shared sex toys, particularly if they’re not cleaned properly between every use.
I was pretty shocked when I heard this, vibrators because I had no idea that it was even a possibility. It makes sense though, and I realized that I’d been taking risks without knowing it.
My first thought was – how do I clean my sex toys properly? I spent some time researching the subject and found lots of helpful tips. Things like thoroughly washing the toys with hot soapy water, drying them off carefully and paying particular attention to washing any nooks or crevices if the toy has them.
It also came to light that some sex toys are porous and can’t be fully sanitized, so it’s important to use a new condom or barrier every time you use them. This was something I had kind of assumed, but it’s definitely worth reiterating.
Something that I hadn’t accounted for was hygiene between partners – and I’m definitely not alone in this. While it’s best to use a new condom with each partner for every sexual activity, many people don’t take into consideration the possibility of cross-contamination between partners. For example, if one partner is using the same sex toy on both partners.
It kind of made me think about how carelessly I had been treating this whole issue, and how important it is to be responsible. Not only should we be practicing safe and hygienic sex, but we should also take extra steps to stay safe when using sex toys.
While it’s definitely still possible to contract an STD (even with proper cleaning and with the use of condoms/barriers), the chances of it happening are significantly reduced. So, it’s definitely worth the effort to take the proper precautions to protect yourself.
I also learned that different materials react differently when it comes to cleaning sex toys. It’s important to make sure that whatever surface the sex toy is made of can withstand the cleaning product you use, so it’s best to choose a safe, non-toxic product specifically designed for sanitizing sex toys.
It’s also important to choose good quality sex toys that are made from body-safe materials. This can help to reduce the risk of contamination and dildos make it easier to clean the toy properly. This means that cheap sex toys from unknown manufacturers are probably not the best idea.
When it comes to prevention, I do think the most important thing is knowledge. Knowing the facts about how STDs can be transmitted and taking the necessary steps to stay safe is key. This means learning how to properly clean sex toys, always using condoms and barriers, and always being aware of any potential risks. It may sound like a lot of work, but trust me, it’s worth it.