The following health risks can affect heterosexual or homosexual couples:
* HIV/AIDS - Studies show that HIV can be transmitted anally more than any other sexual act, especially for the receiving partner.
* HPV (Human papilloma virus) - These anal warts are not only painful and a nuisance, but can increase chances of anal cancer.
* Hepatitis A - Oral/anal contact can spread this viral infection. Jaundice and stomach pain may follow.
* Hepatitis C - It's rare that this can result from anal sex, but it's possible, and could lead to fatal liver disease.
* E. Coli: Oral/anal contact can spread this infection which can cause gastroenteritis and a serious kidney infection.
* Pregnancy - This won't happen with a homosexual couple, obviously, and it is extremely rare that semen will drip into the vagina far enough to cause a pregnancy...but better safe than sorry!
Here are some ways you can enjoy anal sex while reducing risk of disease or pregnancy:
* Always use a condom, even if you're in a monogamous relationship. Certain infections (like from E. Coli) have nothing to do with exclusivity, but rather with germs. Using lots of water-based lube with help prevent condom breakage.
* Cleanliness is key. Clean the anal area and make sure you empty your bowel before engaging in anal sex.
* The one receiving the penetration should make sure that he or she is relaxed. If you tense up, you could tear your sphincter muscles...OUCH!
* Start off slow, by inserting a lubed up finger or two first, before going all the way with your penis.
Most importantly, make sure you're both ready to embark on this sexually-charged, over the edge, primal act. Be safe and have fun!