This isn't meant to scare you into avoiding anal sex entirely; it's just to motivate you to take the proper precautions if you're going to do it. Skip navigation! Story from Sex. There are two rules that anyone having anal sex has hopefully heard before: First, always use lube ; second, don't go straight from anal sex to vaginal sex. But if you're someone with a vagina who is having anal sex, then there's a good chance that sometimes you have anal sex and vaginal sex in one sexual encounter, so it's important to understand exactly why this second rule exists and how to make it work for you. If you need a brief health class recap, your anus is technically the end of your digestive tract , and it's where your bowels exit your body.
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Back to Sexual health. Find out about the risks of getting a sexually transmitted infection STI from different sexual activities. This is because infections can be present in pre-ejaculate fluid pre-come. Even shallow insertion of the penis into the vagina sometimes called dipping carries risks for both partners.
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Full disclosure: I have had anal sex before, and I hated it. Clearly, I wasn't doing it right. You shouldn't just be a receptacle for someone else's good time. I deserve to come, too.
The risk of getting HIV varies widely depending on the type of sexual activity. Anal sex intercourse , which involves inserting the penis into the anus, carries the highest risk of transmitting HIV if either partner is HIV-positive. Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual behavior for HIV transmission. Vaginal sex has a lower risk, and activities like oral sex, touching, and kissing carry little to no risk for getting or transmitting HIV. The vast majority of men who get HIV get it through anal sex.