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Can I have sex with my girlfriend without a condom, even if we don't have anal sex?

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The Sexpert, 11 September 2009

No.  Even though it’s not as risky as unprotected anal sex, having vaginal sex without a condom is still a risky activity for HIV for both the man and woman.  The HIV virus can be absorbed by the inner lining of a woman’s vagina.  It can also enter a man’s body through the tip of the penis or inner folds of his foreskin.

It’s really important to use condoms and lube every time you have sex, to make sure you keep yourself and your partner safe.  You can get free condoms here.

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