Ever since we were little boys, our parents told us the importance of washing our hands. Just a few moments over a sink, with warm water and some soap and then we were clean. But, as adults this lesson seems to be lost on some and it is causing some major healthcare issues.
As the American Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports: Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.
The Basics: When should you wash your hands?
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Sex and Hygiene
This might seem like a touchy subject but basic actions like hand washing can prevent the spread of bacteria, viruses and germs that may cause illness or infections. One of the most common Google search terms for our site is “how to wash my gay penis”. We’re going to take this question just a bit further and discuss some easy steps to take to help prevent disease and infection that can be cured with some soap and water.
- Wash your hands before touching someone for sex. Through-out the day, we all touch so many things and people that might not be as clean as we would want. We use your hands to do everything from opening doors and holding straps on public transport to shaking hands, eating and using the toilet. We don’t want those germs and bacteria to be transferred onto our sexual partners outer bodies, but definitely not INSIDE of them.
- Wash your penis before having sex. Think about all you do with your hands in a day. Now think about how many times you touch your dick to piss, re-adjust or change clothes. All of those germs from your hands have now been transferred to your penis. This is especially important if you engage in oral sex and/or condomless sex.
- To douche or not to douche. We took a long look at this pre-game practice and listed our thoughts here, but even a quick shower or cloth around the anus is a good idea to keep bacteria from the anus from transferring to parts of another person’s body. If you enjoy condomless sex, this should decrease the amounts, but not all, of course.
- Wash your hands after having sex. After reading the above, this should seem like a no brainer. But it needs to be stated. Hepatitis A, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Herpes and Chlamydia all have strains that can be transmitted from dirty hands. This includes LGV, which is a nasty anal infection which is transferred by penis or hands from one guy to another after touching an infected butt. THIS DOESN’T MEAN HAND WASHING PREVENTS STDs, RATHER THAT SOME CAN BE TRANSFERRED TO YOUR HANDS, SO YOU SHOULD WASH THEM BEFORE TOUCHING YOUR FACE/EYES/ANUS.
- Wash your penis after and between having sex. Ok, this is another basic concept but so many guys don’t do it. After you have sex it is important to wash your cock. This is even more important if you are having sex with multiple partners. You don’t want to transfer germs, bacteria from one guy to another just because you didn’t want to take a time out and wash your junk.
Washing up for sexual hygiene is no different than doing it for work, going out or just staying clean. Even after sex, your penis is no different than it was before sex, so the same basics apply. Soap + warm water = clean. Yes, even if you are topping and the bottom is, let’s say, not so fresh. Shit happens and it cleans up very easily.
Hand washing is more about the prevention of germs and bacteria from transferring from one guy to another during physical contact than anything else. No, it isn’t an effective method of STD prevention but it can keep you from catching colds and even the flu. In our current climate of hook-up culture, you don’t really know where his hands have been, so throw him a bar of soap and point him towards the bathroom.