Previous research on the use of personal lubricants for sexual intercourse is limited and has primarily focused on condom compatibility and breakage, with only recent limited assessment of lubricant safety and possible epidemiologic implications. This article discusses the global evidence of lubricant compatibility with latex condoms and biological safety of lubricants, as well as documentation of lubricant use and current guidelines for HIV prevention programming in Africa. Data on lubricant compatibility with condoms are less available than commonly realized, and many lubricant products may not have been thoroughly tested for safety due to flexible regulatory environments.
Vaginal sex intercourse involves inserting the penis into the vagina. Some sexual activities are riskier than others for getting or transmitting HIV. Activities like oral sex, touching, and kissing carry little to no risk for getting or transmitting HIV.
Personal lubricant lube can be used to help make sexual acts—like sex, masturbation, or sex toy play—more pleasurable. Why not use lube? Lube is great!
This page is archived and may not contain current information or working links. We know that using condoms with condom-compatible lube is an important HIV prevention intervention. Using male or female condoms consistently and correctly is considered the best way to prevent acquiring HIV and STIs during anal and vaginal intercourse.
Condoms every time. If you're in a new relationship or nonmonogamous, that's one of the most important ways of preventing infection with HIV, the AIDS virus, according to health officials. But with more than 6 million new HIV infections annually, it's clear that many people don't use condoms every time.
A few weeks ago, some friends and I got into a conversation around sexual pleasure, likes, dislikes, and everything in between. While having this discussion, I made a joke about how "lube keeps you able to go to work the next day," to which the table laughed. To my surprise, my friends had a range of opinions about whether people should use lube, what type they should use, and how some like the "feeling of rubbing" when less lube is used.
The use of lubricants can make sexual penetration all the more pleasurable while significantly reducing the risk of condom breakage. The question is, how real is either of these claims? By contrast, oil-based lubricants—such as baby oil, mineral oil, petroleum jelly, or vegetable shortening i.
Personal lubricants colloquially termed lube are specialized lubricants used during human sexual acts such as intercourse and masturbation to reduce friction to or between the penis and vaginaanus or other body parts or applied to sex toys to reduce friction or to ease penetration. Surgical or medical lubricants or gels, which are similar to personal lubricants but not usually referred to or labelled as "personal" lubricants, may be used for medical purposes such as speculum insertion or introduction of a catheter. The primary difference between personal and surgical lubricants is that surgical lubricants are thicker, sterile gels, typically containing a bacteriostatic agent.