‘Dry Sex’ Means Different Things to Different People — We Break It Down

What is Dry Humping?

The term ‘dry humping’ refers to sexual activity where the male does not ejaculate or produce any fluid from his body during vaginal penetration. While some may argue that this type of sexual activity is safe, others believe that it is unsafe because it leaves no evidence of what was done. Some even say that it could be dangerous due to possible STDs or diseases being transmitted through unprotected contact with bodily fluids.

Is Dry Humping Safe?

Some experts have stated that there is no proof that dry humping is harmful to a person’s health. However, many others disagree with these claims. They feel that it might cause problems in terms of HIV/AIDS transmission or other sexually transmitted infections (STI). There are also those who believe that the risk of contracting STIs is greater when having wet humping since they tend to leave behind more bodily fluids.

Why Are There Such Different Definitions?

There are two main reasons why there are so many different opinions about the safety of dry humping: First, there is disagreement over whether or not it is safe. Second, there is disagreement over how much bodily fluids are left behind. While some people believe that there is only saliva left behind, others believe that sweat and other bodily fluids are also secreted during the act.

Is One Safer Than The Other?

Dry humping is believed to be riskier since it leaves more room for people to transmit infection than when having penetrative or sexual activity. Wet humping on the other hand, might be slightly safer since there may be less contact with bodily fluids.

What Are The Potential Risks?

The main concern over dry humping is the potential of STI transmission. While sexual activity can lead to other types of diseases, it has been known to transmit STIs such as genital warts, pubic lice, and most common STIs such as HIV and Herpes. Even if a person is clean or tests negative for STIs, dry humping may be risky since you cannot always tell if they have been exposed or not.

Are There Any Other Risks?

Other risks related to dry humping involve skin irritation or allergic reactions. While this is not common, it is possible to experience rashes and other minor skin conditions with too much rubbing. In addition, women may also experience vaginal discharge, though this is also not common.

How Do You Avoid These Risks?

The best way to avoid the risks of dry humping is to abstain from the act all together. If you must engage in dry humping, always wear a latex or polyurethane and use a new one for each partner. In addition, avoid the genitals and focus on other areas that do not involve as much contact.

What Else Can Be Done?

If you are really concerned with the risks of dry humping, you can also use barriers such as latex or plastic wrap to cover the genitals. This will help prevent direct contact and reduce the amount of fluid secretions. It is also important that you and your partner take a bath or shower together before engaging in dry humping to help minimize the risk of skin conditions and allergic reactions.

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