Activism:Safer Sex Signs
The following table reflects some people's current thinking as to the relative safety of various sex practices with respect to HIV transmission. Many groups involved in sex counseling and information may disagree with this sign, perhaps with the complaint that it is too lenient, that is, that it allows too much. My feeling is that while some people will continue to have unsafe sex, the availability of information such as is presented below can help people to make better informed choices.
The presence of this sign or of the information contained within it does not constitute permission of any sort nor does it advise that the "safer" practices near the bottom are indeed 100% safe. What this sign hopes to suggest is that there is a broad spectrum of sexual practices, and that some are thought to be safer than others. In all cases, have a Responsible Sex Conversation, know and trust your partners, honor your agreements, and -- of course -- have fun!
If you have further questions, please do not contact me, as I am simply doing my best as a messenger of the best information I have available. There is another point of view available at SaferSex.org, and you can also contact the San Francisco Sex Information hotline, check out the AIDS Virtual Library, or ask your doctor.
And don't forget, the common cold is the most common sexually transmitted disease - don't kiss your lover if you have one!