Safer Sex Supplies and Materials

Safer Sex Products

Item  How used for safer sex Advantages Disadvantages
Latex Condom Barrier method on penis or sex toy InexpensiveAccessible

Effective

Natural

Can cause irritationin people who are latex-sensitiveOnly effective on covered areas (contagious scrotal sac can transmit infection)

Decreased sensitivity without addition of lubricant or ribs

N-9 lubed Condom Not. Effective as birth control only InexpensiveAccessible Can cause irritation, therefore susceptibility to infections.Can keep HIV alive longer than its natural lifespan

n  Only effective on covered areas (contagious scrotal sac can transmit infection)

Decreased sensitivity without addition of lubricant or ribs

Lambskin Condom Not. Effective as birth control only Natural  birth control alternative formonogamous couples

latex sensitive persons

allows HIV and small-sized infections to pass through its barrierOnly effective on covered areas (contagious scrotal sac can transmit infection)

Non stretchy, easy to rip

 

Polyurethane Condom Barrier method on penis or sex toy Accessible, affordable, effective against most STIs n  Non-stretchy,n  more expensive than latex

n  not as much style/size selection

n  Only effective on covered areas (contagious scrotal sac can transmit infection)

n  Decreased sensitivity without addition of lubricant

Female “Reality” Condom Barrier method inside vagina or anus, or over penis/ larger sex toys Simple protection for women without relying on partner to agree withrelatively accessible

relatively affordable

prelubricated for sensitivity/ease of use

n  Less commonly found than condomsn  more expensive

n  Only effective on covered areas (contagious scrotal sac can transmit infection)

Latex exam glove- powdered Barrier method used over hands to prevent cuts, protect from fluids affordableeasy to put on

effective

likely to cause sensitivity/ irritation to wearercan irritate partners with sensitivity
Latex exam glove- powder free Barrier method used over hands to prevent cuts, protect from fluids affordableeasy to put on

effective

less likely to irritate wearer

can irritate partners with sensitivitycan be more difficult to put on/ rip when wearing

 

Nitrile exam glove Barrier method used over hands to prevent cuts, protect from fluids affordableeasy to put on

effective

non-irritating to wearer or partner

not as stretchy as rubbermore expensive than latex

 

Vinyl exam glove  Not. Can provide limited protection from sharp nails, etc but can allow small viruses and germs to pass thru. affordableeasily accessible

non-irritating to wearer or partner

 ineffective as full barrier for disease prevention
Latex Dental/Dam  Barrier method used over genitals/ anus to prevent fluids exchange during oral se affordablesomewhat accessible

flavors available

dental size is small/ thickcan irritate those w/ sensitivity

Easy to drop/ confuse sides

Latex Sex Dam Barrier method used over genitals/ anus to prevent fluids exchange during oral sex affordablesomewhat accessible

thinner, larger size

flavors available

 can irritate those w/ sensitivityEasy to drop/ confuse sides

 

Poly Sex Dam  Barrier method used over genitals/ anus to prevent fluids exchange during oral sex  affordablesomewhat accessible

larger size than “dental” (Hot)

tasteless

non-irritating

 Easy to drop/ confuse sidesThicker than some latex

 

Latex Finger Cot  Barrier method used over finger to prevent fingernail cuts/ fluid exchanges during digital stimulation  affordablesomewhat effective

 

  can irritate those w/ sensitivityonly covers a small area

 

Saran Wrap  Barrier method used over genitals/ anus to prevent fluids exchange during oral sex  affordableeasily accessible

non-microwavalbe provides some protection- better than nothing

clear

 microwave versions are perforated and therefore uselessbox can cause cuts

not as effective as latex or thicker poly

easy to drop/ confuse sides

Latex Shorts/ briefs  Barrier method used over genitals/ anus to prevent fluids exchange during oral sex  Easy to keep track of barrier sideReusable

Effective

Stimulating when combined with lotsa lube

  Initially expensivehard to find

very fitted- sizing required

n  sometimes hard/impossible to see through