Illustrated Guide – Rimming

rimming1rimming3rimming4rimming2Rimming (or if you want to prim and proper about it, analingus) is divisive. It tends to be either a big turn-on or a big turn-off, though some are in the “meh” camp. The illustration tells you pretty much everything you need to know about eating ass, but it doesn’t touch on safety, so a bit about that from H. Hunter Handsfield MD at MedHelp:

The STD/HIV risks from oral-anal contact (rimming) have never been formally studied, but all the available evidence and biology of the STD bacteria and viruses suggest very low risk.  The primary risk from rimming is for the oral partner, for garden variety gastrointestinal infections that result in nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.  It is likely there is no risk at all for the anal partner for gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, or hepatitis.  Even when these infections are present orally, they typically are deep seated in the throat, and not transmitted in saliva or by tongue contact.  Syphilis and herpes in theory would be higher risk, but still very low.

Oral sex also can be considered safe sex, especially for the penile partner.  The risk of STDs isn’t zero, but it’s much lower than for vaginal or anal sex.  In the absence of symptoms, testing generally isn’t necessary after such exposures…

Your shaving makes no difference.  There is little if any increased risk of STD transmission by saliva exposure to shaving nicks or other minor skin injuries.

We’ve reposted this from Buzzfeed’s article How To Eat an Ass, illustrated by Will Varner.

This is a regular series of illustrated guides. You can find the others here.

FURTHER READING

• Sexual Health – Can I Get Hepatitis From Giving My Partner Analingus?
• The Debrief – A Beginner’s Guide to Rimming: How to be a Kick-Ass Kiss-Ass
• LA Weekly – 5 Top Tips for Expert Analingus (aka Rimming, Salad Tossing, Butt Eating)
• Thought Catalogue – What It Feels Like To Get A Rim Job
• Pleasure Mechanics – Rimming: What You Need To Know
• GMFA – How Risky is Rimming?

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