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Cleansing after sex

Jun 11, 2002

Cleansing after sex with special wipes can help to reduce std's?

Response from Mr. Kull

There is no evidence that cleansing with anything reduces the risk of transmission of STIs (sexually transmitted infections). Using harsh soaps, detergents, or chemicals can actually cause irritation to your skin, possibly increasing your risk for infections. Enemas/douching after sex is not recommended for similar reasons.

If washing off after sex makes you feel more comfortable about risk, use a mild soap and warm water, and wash gently. Otherwise, condom use should suffice.


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