Safe Sex & HIV Prevention

Condoms and Lube

Lube can make condoms more natural feeling and less likely to break. Take a second to replenish the lube then glide him back in.

You will feel more comfortable if you have him pull out so you can reapply the lube over his condom. Just make sure you don't overdo it: A little wetness will ease penetration, but too much can make it impossible to generate frisky friction.

Using a personal lubricant

Never use an oil-based lube with latex condoms (this includes, baby oil, coconut oil, etc.) or you run the risk of condom breakage!

Water-based lubes are slippery and may need to be reapplied. They are easy to clean up with water. Look for high-quality (body safe) choices that state they are petrochemical-free, glycerin-free and paraben-free.

  • rinses off easily from skin and fabric
  • cheaper and easier to find than silicone-based lube

Silicone-based lubes are slick and can be used in water (hot tubs, showers, lakes, swimming pools). They are less likely to need multiple applications (in comparison to water-based lubes). They generally require soap and water for clean-up. Use them sparingly and avoid getting them on surfaces you don’t want to slip on later.

  • lasts longer than water-based lube
  • best for anal sex

Flavored lubes

  • usually a water-based lube with flavor added, often contains sugar
  • best for oral sex, especially when using a condom


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