Is it safe to share your sex toyS ?
If you ask everyone, you´ll get answers all the way from a yes depending to a no depending – everyone has an opinion, or an agenda! And still, you’re none the wiser, really! In the great echo chamber that is ‘the internet’, some detail gets lost, and a general opinion can hang around with no real purpose. So you’re left guessing – are the risks actually real any more, or just perceived?
Ask the right questions – listen to the experts.
If we’re all grown-up enough to play with sex toys, we need to get practical about this really important subject. We already take risks with germs every day, and more when we go to public places, to hospitals, or have any invasive procedures… so the medical community has this covered.
Let’s see what the medical specialists, the official government or health organisations say about this.
Myth vs. Fact
¨A perceived (or theoretical) risk is one that is based on belief rather than fact and persists despite the unlikeliness of the event ever occurring. By contrast, a documented (or actual) risk is based on statistical evidence of something actually occurring. Where a perceived risk is about theory, a documented risk is about the fact.¨
What are STIs or STDs?
We should all know the possible STIs. Face it, even if the risk is tiny. Head over to our blog to learn how long they last outside the human body… and discover what kills them ( if time has not already done the job for you ).
Let’s name them!
“STDs can include bacterial, viral and parasitic infections.
Bacterial STDs include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and syphilis.
Viral STDs include HIV, genital herpes, genital warts (HPV), and hepatitis B.
Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite.
The germs that cause STDs hide in semen, blood, vaginal secretions, and sometimes saliva. Most of the organisms are spread by vaginal, anal, or oral sex, but some, such as those that cause genital herpes and genital warts, may be spread through skin contact. One can get hepatitis B by sharing personal items, such as toothbrushes or razors, with someone who has it.”
How long can they last?
Question: how-long-can-stds-gonorrhoea-chlamydia-syphilis-hiv-survive-outside-human-host ?
Answer: ¨In general, bacteria and viruses do not survive long outside the body (the organisms die in minutes to hours), hence they do not spread via toilet seats, swimming pools etc. However, they may be transmitted via bodily fluids such as semen and vaginal fluids, especially so if there is a break in the skin or mucosal membranes.¨
The conditions have to be right
¨Just because living pathogens can be found on surfaces does not necessarily mean that fomite transmission to humans can take place. The risk of fomite transmission varies depending on a number of factors. These include:
• the bacteria or virus involved
• how much bacteria/virus someone needs to be exposed to in order to become infectious
• the temperature and humidity of the room
• whether the surface is porous or non-porous
Other factors may also be involved. ¨