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Sexual hygiene – WHY?

Sexual hygiene is crucial in minimising the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. These include thrush, AIDS, herpes, genital warts, gonorrhoea, syphilis, chlamydia, pubic lice ("crabs"), vaginitis and hepatitis.

Sexual hygiene – HOW?

One important part of good sexual hygiene is regular washing of the genital area. This is covered under the sections on Feminine and Masculine Hygiene.

Another aspect of good sexual hygiene is choosing to having protected sex. This means using a condom for intercourse. Male condoms come in different shapes, sizes, textures and flavours, all of which are a matter of personal preference. They can be made out of latex, to be used with a water-based lubricant, or polyurethane which can be used with oil or water-based lubricant. Female condoms are also available in Australia.

Dental dams are another type of barrier that can be used for oral sex.

Protected sex is less important if you and your partner are in a long-term, monogamous sexual relationship, and are not also using condoms for contraceptive purposes.

useful stuff...

The human body may be home to 10 times as many bacteria as human cells. Researchers believe the human body has over 500 bacterial species living in and on it.7 Trouble getting a date? 75% of women in a New York survey said they would only date a guy who showered daily.8   20-30% of handbags have faecal bacteria on the underside.22 In 2006, women spent an average of 54 minutes and men 43 minutes per day on personal hygiene.9
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