When we talk about sharing, the first thing that comes to mind is, “Hey, that’s an admirable virtue. Well done, you!” Now what if we’re talking about sex toys, would you still have the same idea?
Since we were little, we’ve been taught that sharing your toys with another kid is something worthy of praise. Now that we’re grown ups, we have a new set of toys – the adult kind, that is! So the question is, should you share them still, even with your closest pals? Let’s look at the truth about sharing sex toys.
Sharing Sex Toys: Not As Uncommon As You Think!
Now let’s be honest. Just thinking about the concept would make some of us squirm with disgust. It’s like sharing a used handkerchief with someone else, and then getting it back after they’ve used it, too. In short, it’s just nasty! Now replace the thought of the handkerchief with, say, a Vibratex Rabbit Habit Vibrator. Get the picture?
It might sound like something nobody would do, right? Well you’ll be surprised to know that sharing sex toys is not as uncommon as you think! As a matter of fact, there are some who might argue that sharing your toys with your female pals is the ultimate display of friendship!
For some, lending an adult toy to a friend is like instigating a deeper bond. You get to talk about intimate things that are not often discussed, minus the judgment. The boundaries get blurred, allowing friends to develop a more open line of communication. It’s like sharing the “good news” and saying, “Hey, it’s not bad to explore yourself sexually! I’ve done it, and I’d like you to experience the same!”
Is It Safe to Share Sex Toys?
While the purpose is venerable and all, it’s time to ask this important question – is it safe to share something as personal as a sex toy? The quick answer? No.
A study has been made with 20 sexually-active women who were each given two different types of brand new vibrators. Interesting test, right? So anyway, one was a normal rabbit vibrator made of thermoplastic material, while the other was made of silicone.
Now here’s the test. Each of them were instructed to masturbate using one of them, and then the other at least a day after. Of course, they were also asked to clean them after use by using water and a designated sex toy cleaner indicated in the packages.
What does this test, you ask? The study was geared to discovering if the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the most common type of sexually-transmitted infection (STI), is at risk of being passed from one person to another by sharing sex toys. Out of the 20 women, 75% of them tested positive for HPV. Alarming, but true.
So here are the results of the test. For both types of vibrators, more than two-thirds of which showed evidence of the virus immediately after use. After cleaning them, HPV was still found in almost half of them. Then 24 hours after cleaning, 40% of the vibrators made of thermoplastic material still showed traces of HPV, while it was completely gone from their silicone counterparts.
So, is it safe to share your sex toys? We wouldn’t risk it, honestly.
How to Reduce Potential Health Risks
Of course, not sharing your sex toys to your peers more or less exists in an ideal world, but that’s not the case. There are times when we would still want to, like a form of bonding! So how do you minimize the risks? Here’s how.
Examine It Well
As a responsible sex toy owner, you need to care for your toy, and it is your accountability to check the item once you receive it. Does it have any plastic nub or anything that isn’t smoothly done? That could cause discomfort, undue friction, or could be a space that would harbour bacteria. Moreover, if the sex toy is waterproof, consider cleaning it with water even if you just opened it.
Know How to Clean Your Sex Toy
Of course, it goes without saying that you have to clean your toy after use. For most toys, warm water and soap should do the trick, but just to be on the safe side, we recommend that you use antibacterial cleaners, especially when you’re sharing. Either way, make sure to follow the instructions included in the product.
Remember Proper Storage
Where do you keep your sex toy after using it? Knowing where to store it is as important as knowing how to clean it. Usually, sex toys are safely kept in their own packages. Now before you even keep it, make sure it is free of any moisture, or else you run the risk of growing moulds on it.
A Condom Never Fails
Last, but definitely not the least, it would be wise to use a condom on your sex toy. This ensures that whatever’s left on the toy won’t be in contact with you. Such a practice is particularly advised if you’re using the sex toy with different people, or are lending it to others. Better safe than sorry, right?
Now what if you’re a germaphobe, and you just can’t risk it by sharing your toys with others? We recommend you help your pal shop! And it just happens that you’re in luck because for a limited time, we’re offering you 10% off of selected items then you type WELCOME10 upon checkout. Now’s the best time to go SEX TOYS shopping! Let this be your new bonding!