Reducing the risks from group sex

The more people you have sex with, the greater the risks are of catching HIV or a sexually transmitted infection, especially if you don’t use a condom and lube.

Whether it is mutual group masturbation (which carries no HIV risk) or group sex, it is still important to practise safer sex.

With group sex sessions, the chances that someone will forget to practise safer sex techniques are greatly increased. Even practising safer sex, a condom could slip or split and allow infectious bacteria or viruses through.

In a group sex session, it's possible that just one person with HIV could infect the rest of the group. If sessions are anonymous, anyone who does find they have HIV will not be able to contact others in the group to let them know they should get a test.

Some ways to reduce the risks from group sex include:

  • Always insist on using condoms and lube and change condoms every 30 minutes
  • Keep group sizes as small as possible
  • Make sure everyone agrees to practise safer sex techniques, such as the ones on these web pages

Condoms & lube

Find out how to stay healthy and still enjoy your sex life: