Sexual lubricants used mostly by circumcised men increase risk for sexually transmitted disease, including HIV

Consider for a moment spending your entire sexual life from the onset of puberty to old age slathering slippery goop all over your member to masturbate or to make intercourse easier or perhaps even possible. You’d think that someone along the way would have considered the safety and advisability of using such products. Apparently not.

A recent study has looked for the first time at the most popular sexual lubricants on the market and found that they are associated with higher risks for sexually transmitted disease and cause damage to vaginal and rectal tissues. The offending ingredient is salt.

The United States is the most frequent circumciser AND user of these products. Most men who are circumcised report needing lubricants for masturbation and often intercourse as well. Few intact men report needing them.

Any surprise the United States has higher rates of all sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, than our similarly developed and intact fellow countries? With every passing year, new research makes outrage rather than surprise more appropriate for those born and circumcised in light of these and other findings.

Link: Research into lubes has worrisome findings

About David Wilton

fronterizo, public defender, intactivist, gay
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