We received this question: 
“Hi! This is a weird question but google couldn’t help me. I want to give my girlfriend oral sex and use something flavored. Should I use water-based lube or massage oil? Or something else? There will be no penetration involved and I don’t want to use something that could harm her body in any way. I didn’t know who to ask this question to, and I trust you guys!” 
Thanks for asking! It’s great that you are thinking about ways that you can both stay safe. If you are thinking about oral sex there are two important things to consider. 
First, consider using a latex barrier to prevent the spread of STDS. A latex barrier is a thin sheet of latex that is used for oral sex. Like the male and female condoms, the latex barrier is a barrier between people’s bodies to help prevent the spread of STDs. Latex barriers come in different flavors as well. 
Second, you asked about lubrication. When choosing a lubricant make sure it is water based. This will be safer if ingested and will not break down the material of a latex barrier or condom. There are flavored water based lubricants that can be applied to any external body part. Make sure to avoid silicone based lubricants for oral sex as they can break down latex and be harmful if ingested. They can also cause irritation or infection in the genitals. Always read the ingredients of any product that might be ingested. 

We received this question:

Hi! This is a weird question but google couldn’t help me. I want to give my girlfriend oral sex and use something flavored. Should I use water-based lube or massage oil? Or something else? There will be no penetration involved and I don’t want to use something that could harm her body in any way. I didn’t know who to ask this question to, and I trust you guys!”

Thanks for asking! It’s great that you are thinking about ways that you can both stay safe. If you are thinking about oral sex there are two important things to consider.

First, consider using a latex barrier to prevent the spread of STDS. A latex barrier is a thin sheet of latex that is used for oral sex. Like the male and female condoms, the latex barrier is a barrier between people’s bodies to help prevent the spread of STDs. Latex barriers come in different flavors as well.

Second, you asked about lubrication. When choosing a lubricant make sure it is water based. This will be safer if ingested and will not break down the material of a latex barrier or condom. There are flavored water based lubricants that can be applied to any external body part. Make sure to avoid silicone based lubricants for oral sex as they can break down latex and be harmful if ingested. They can also cause irritation or infection in the genitals. Always read the ingredients of any product that might be ingested. 

Fact Friday: Did you know that a male condom can be turned into a latex barrier?! 
A latex barrier is a thin sheet of latex that is used for oral sex. Like the male and female condoms, the latex barrier is a barrier between people’s bodies to help prevent the spread of STDs. 
Latex barriers can be hard to find. Here are steps to make one out of a male condom.
Check the expiration date.
Open the package.
While the condom is still rolled, cut off the top.
Then cut through one the sides.
Unroll and use by placing over the vulva or anus to make sure that fluids don’t mix.
Latex barriers can also be made with a latex glove, by separating the two layers of the glove and cutting lengthwise to form a rectangle of latex.
This can help reduce the risk of spreading HIV and other STDs. Remember that only one side of the latex barrier should touch the vulva or anus. 

Fact Friday: Did you know that a male condom can be turned into a latex barrier?! 

A latex barrier is a thin sheet of latex that is used for oral sex. Like the male and female condoms, the latex barrier is a barrier between people’s bodies to help prevent the spread of STDs.

Latex barriers can be hard to find. Here are steps to make one out of a male condom.

  1. Check the expiration date.
  2. Open the package.
  3. While the condom is still rolled, cut off the top.
  4. Then cut through one the sides.
  5. Unroll and use by placing over the vulva or anus to make sure that fluids don’t mix.

Latex barriers can also be made with a latex glove, by separating the two layers of the glove and cutting lengthwise to form a rectangle of latex.

This can help reduce the risk of spreading HIV and other STDs. Remember that only one side of the latex barrier should touch the vulva or anus. 

Shout out to everyone who woke up FLAWLESS! 

We can’t get enough of Blue Ivy’s flawless dance moves and Jay-Z’s proud poppa reaction at the VMAs. 

Remember you are FLAWLESS!

Dear Internet Cat, 
Are there things that boys are allowed to do, but girls shouldn’t do?
Are there things that girls are allowed to do, but boys shouldn’t do? 
Internet Cat says: No Results Found. Everyone has the right to be themselves!

Dear Internet Cat, 

Are there things that boys are allowed to do, but girls shouldn’t do?

Are there things that girls are allowed to do, but boys shouldn’t do? 

Internet Cat says: No Results Found. Everyone has the right to be themselves!

In today’s Fact Friday we take a look at how people are #FacingAIDS

#FacingAIDS was created six years ago for people to share photos and messages on how they are facing AIDS. AIDS.gov has heard thousands of reasons over the years about why and how people face AIDS – ranging from the personal (“I’m facing AIDS for 25 years and counting”) to ones that are community oriented (“I’m facing AIDS for young black men everywhere”) to others that are more universal (“I’m facing AIDS for the next generation”).

They put together a video to share some of the common messages we have heard over the years.

AIDS.gov says “The one consistent theme is that we are all facing AIDS in one way or another.”  

Since HIV and AIDS is a reality, what are you doing to stay safe and healthy?

One good place to start is to get tested regularly for HIV. HIV testing can be done with a simple finger prick and you can get your results in about 20 minutes. Find a Planned Parenthood to get tested here: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center

Another important step to take is to talk openly and honestly with your partner about your test results or your HIV status.

Regardless of your HIV status, it is also important to use protection such as male and female condoms or dental dams each and every time you have sex. 

micdotcom:

Mo’Ne Davis just made history with her badass ‘Sports Illustrated’ cover

"On Tuesday, the 13-year-old from South Philadelphia made history yet again as the first Little League player of any gender and of any race to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. Ever.” 
 
Mo’ne said “More girls should join boys’ teams so it could be a tradition and it wouldn’t be so special.” 

micdotcom:

Mo’Ne Davis just made history with her badass ‘Sports Illustrated’ cover

"On Tuesday, the 13-year-old from South Philadelphia made history yet again as the first Little League player of any gender and of any race to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. Ever.” 

Mo’ne said “More girls should join boys’ teams so it could be a tradition and it wouldn’t be so special.” 

(via feministsunitedtxst)

Is it ever OK for someone to use two condoms at once?
 Nope Nope Nope Nope Nope! 
Using two condoms at once can cause BOTH condoms to break! When latex rubs against itself, the friction can cause the condom to break or tear.  
One condom, either a male condom or a female condom, when used correctly is very effective at preventing STDs and/or pregnancy. 

Is it ever OK for someone to use two condoms at once?

Nope Nope Nope Nope Nope! 

Using two condoms at once can cause BOTH condoms to break! When latex rubs against itself, the friction can cause the condom to break or tear.  

One condom, either a male condom or a female condom, when used correctly is very effective at preventing STDs and/or pregnancy.