Fetishes are defined as a non-sexual body part, object or action that abnormally creates sexual desire. Fetishes are generally considered outside the realm of normal sexual activity but they can be harmless fun and very exciting for the participants.
That said, there are times when fetishes cross over from harmless fun to risky behavior and you need to be able to tell the difference. You have to be particularly careful of STDs when acting out your fetish fantasies – anything that involves the swapping of bodily fluids might put you at risk of contracting an STD.
In this article, we will go through some examples of fetish behavior that could increase your chances of contracting an STD.
Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll
Who hasn’t dreamed of being a celebrity with all the inherent perks? The idea of easy sex and being able to do whatever you want makes it very appealing. The problem is that with every new sexual partner, you are essentially playing Russian Roulette.
The more partners you have, the higher your chances are of developing an STD. Throwing drugs and alcohol into the mix can be disastrous as it decreases your inhibitions and increases the chances of you taking a chance on unsafe sex.
Believe it or not, people from about two to three hundred years ago could be quite kinky. It was during this time that sexual voyeurism started to become popular.
Basically, it involves you watching your partner have sex with someone else. The problem here again relates to the increase in the number of sexual partners.
You might think that the idea of a blood fetish only became popular with the advent of books and movies like Twilight but it actually dates back a lot longer. It was Bram Stoker’s Dracula that first mixed vampires and sexuality over two hundred years ago.
Blood fetishes involve blood-letting and also the consuming of the blood of others. This is a particularly risky practice as you put yourself at risk of contracting Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV. If you share the tools used during the blood-letting process, you further increase the risk of contracting a disease.
Sex with a Criminal
This particular fetish involves having sex with someone who is in prison. The risk comes from the fact that inmates are at a higher risk of contracting an STD in prison because of the shared use of needles and potential for unsafe sex.
That is not to say that every criminal who is in prison has an STD or has indulged in risky behavior, but the chances are higher than they would be in a those who had not been incarcerated.
Some people get off on being bitten or biting others. It is often confused with blood fetishes but it does not have to involve breaking the skin. That means that blood is not necessarily drawn at all.
There is, however, always a risk that the flesh could be broken during sex and this, in turn, could lead to an increased risk of contracting STDs carried in the blood such as Hepatitis and HIV. It is possible for the blood to be absorbed through the tissue in the mouth.
If the person doing the biting has a cold sore on their mouths, they could transmit the Herpes virus to their partners.
This might seem like a strange one to include here. After all, the foot is not very near the genitalia and foot fetishes tend to involve the licking of the feet and sucking of the toes. Believe it or not, this behavior can put you at risk of contracting syphilis.
This is because, in the more advanced stage, syphilis presents as a rash that most often appears on the extremities, most particularly the soles of the feet.
This is got to be one of the strangest fetishes out there. People with this fetish aim to become infected with HIV. They may actively seek out those who are HIV positive with the goal of having unprotected sex with them.
Alternatively, they might engage in unprotected sex with whichever willing parties they can find. Their hopes are to contract the virus and this kind of behavior does put them at high risk of doing so.
However, they are also putting themselves at a higher risk of contracting other STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea as well.
This fetish involves breastfeeding from a lactating woman. There are risks associated with this kind of behavior. If the woman has HIV, or trichomoniasis, these can be transmitted through the breast milk. If she has a rash caused by syphilis on the breast, you could contract the disease if you like it. If she has a Herpes sore on the breast and you lick that, you could contract herpes.
Exercising Common Sense
Whatever the kind of fetish you are interested in, you can protect yourself by learning as much about STDs as possible and exercising some good common sense.
Before engaging in the behavior consider how likely it is that bodily fluids of any kind will be exchanged. Next, consider ways to satisfy your curiosity without putting yourself at risk. If you cannot find an alternative, you will need to consider whether or not you really feel the risk of contracting an STD is worth it or not.
Improving Your Odds
If you do find yourself wanting to engage in risky fetishes, it may be a little safer if you experiment within a committed relationship. That way, you can both, or all, get tested before you start to experiment. That is the surest way to know if it is safe to enact your fantasies with your partner or not.
When all is said and done, only you can make the final decision regarding which fetishes you want to engage in or not. By educating yourself on the potential risks upfront, you can make a truly informed decision about whether or not to indulge yourself.
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