Common types of sexual activity & risks

Anal Sex

Having anal sex without a condom is the most common way to pass on HIV so try to carry one with you, don’t assume your sexual partner will have one!

The risk is higher if you’re the receiving partner (sometimes referred to as ‘bottom’ or ‘ the passive partner’); this is because the lining of the arse is like a sponge that easily absorbs liquid so it’s important to use a condom, as cum or blood in the arse will be absorbed into your bloodstream quicker than any of part of your body

If you’re using sex toys for anal sex then it’s important that you should either clean them between partners or better, use a different condom each time.

Vaginal Sex

Vaginal sex is when something is put into a vagina, usually a penis, fingers, or sex toy. There’s no 100% safe way to have vaginal sex, no matter what anyone says.

Every time you have it, you run the risk of pregnancy or STIs. Still, if you take a couple of precautions, you’ll reduce your risk by a lot for example using a condom, femidom or dental dam.

Oral Sex

Oral sex is considered a low-risk activity when it comes to passing on HIV but you can still catch gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes or chlamydia from oral sex

Masturbation (Also called ‘wanking’)

Masturbation is the self-stimulation of the sex organs, most often to the point of orgasm. For many young people, masturbation is an opportunity for private sexual exploration before deciding to engage is sexual activity with another person. It is also considered the safest form of sex in the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases , including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).


This is where a partner uses their tongue to directly stimulate the other partner’s anus.
To be safe you can use a dental dam to form a protective layer over the other partner’s anus, this can prevent you from catching (LGV, gonorrhoea and Hep A).