The One Position You Really, Really NEED To Practice Safe Sex In

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And it ain't missionary.

Often (but not often enough), we hear about the dangers of unprotected sex.

Truthfully, with the many adults in the world who opt out of using condoms we're sort of thankful for Gwyneth Paltrow's recent post from her site Goop — a much needed Sex Ed P.S.A. for those of us who may be in need of a friendly reminder.

The article is entitled "Reality Check: Anal Sex" and it features a Q&A style interview with author and PsyD, Paul Joannides; Paltrow wasted no time pussyfooting around, but instead got right to the point with questions ranging from "How should we modify the anal sex we see modeled in porn to best suit an in-real-life couple?" to the more nerve wrecking questions, such as "What are the health risks of anal?"

And, it was the latter that freaked readers out just a tad bit as the doctor frankly delivered jaw-dropping numbers, alleging that is 17 times more likely to contract HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from partaking in anal sex rather than vaginal

His advice? The more obvious solution: condoms! Plus, lots of lube.

While it makes sense that anal sex would be more likely to contract HIV, given that the position can cause more tearing or "trauma" as the good doctor puts it, digesting this info doesn't come any easier. 

You can't un-know this. You can't un-know that anal sex is the "riskiest activity" couples can try due to the potential damage creating an easy pathway for HIV and other diseases like hepatitis.

Joannides also added that while condoms substantially reduce the risk factor there's no 100 percent guarantee, which if you bother to read the box of condoms — you'd likely know, as they're pretty open straightforward about the percentage of protection you're getting out of them. 

However scary it may sound actually contracting any sexually transmitted disease would be far scarier. So, with this information, we will hopefully go back into the world reminded of some of the basics we once learned in high school sex education and wrap. It. Up.  

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