Safety of materials

spineyogurt spineyogurt
So when they say a surface is porous does that mean you could get like AIDs or herpes from sharing a toy? Or is it just like bacterial infection from being dirty?
04/17/2012
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Khanner Khanner
As far as I know, STD viruses and bacteria die within minutes outside of the body. They're designed to be spread with direct contact, unlike airborne colds which may stay alive on various surfaces for a while. Even if the virus/bacteria were in a pool of blood or semen it would die somewhat quickly.

Most bacterial concerns I hear about sharing toys are fecal bacteria and BV.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong though.
04/17/2012
Chirple Chirple
*HIV

I think it really depends on the time-frame and acts involved. If you're having sex with someone and using even a non-porous toy, you're going to be at risk if you're sharing.

Other than that, the risk of bacterial infection is the biggest concern - but I wouldn't want to take any chances, personally. If this was an issue for me, I'd look up the specific STD and learn about its ability to live outside the body and what is required to kill it. But even then, I think I would rather just get my own.
04/18/2012
guro guro
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Originally posted by spineyogurt
So when they say a surface is porous does that mean you could get like AIDs or herpes from sharing a toy? Or is it just like bacterial infection from being dirty?
^^ the above comments are very good info so i'll just sum up with "THIS"

you'd want to use a condom even with nonporous toys if you had a partner with an STD (like...if you were both using the toys in a session/if it was within the disease's lifespan outside the body), i think that was touched upon already but yeah
04/18/2012
Khanner Khanner
Yes, I totally forgot to mention that same-session sharing would definitely put you at risk. But I think that could be said of even non-porous glass/silicone/metal. If it's still wet, it's probably not safe.
04/18/2012
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