Sexpert Q & A: Is Anal Sex Unsafe?

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Dear Yvonne, My guy wants to have anal sex. Is it safe? - Tatiana

Dear Tatiana, Unprotected anal sex is a high-risk sexual behavior, especially when it comes to HIV transmission. Using a latex condom lowers your risk for acquiring HIV or other sexually transmitted infections during anal intercourse. Furthermore, the experience can be enhanced and made even safer with a water-based lubricant which is specifically for anal intercourse. For an easier and safer anal sex experience, make sure that the condom-covered penis is well lubricated. Then, just try to relax during penetration, as your partner takes care not to tear the delicate lining of your rectum.

Dr. Yvonne Kristin Fulbright is a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of

Sexuality Source Inc

. She is the author of several books including, "Touch Me There! A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots."