Semi-recently, I had sex with someone using her sex toy, and we didn't put a condom on it. I know better. In the past, I've always put condoms on sex toys that I shared with people. And I remember thinking at the time, "This is probably a terrible idea." I was right. Here's why!
If you don't want to read the full article, here are a couple of juicy tidbits from it:
- HPV can live on thermoplastic elastomer for twenty-four hours after use.
- HPV can live on various materials even after they're cleaned with a commercial cleaner.
- A shitload of people use sex toys. Probably lots of people you know and love, like your grandma.
- Don't blame the sex toys! HPV can be transmitted via skin-to-skin contact, even with a barrier. However, just like in regular penetrative / oral sex, barriers always help to minimize risk.
If you're up for more reading on risk potential and barrier use, check out this article from Salon on oral sex.