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Dental Dams

​​ Note: Ready-to-Go safer sex kits are available for purchase at Student Health Services.

A dental dam is a thin latex square that is placed on the vulva or the anus when the mouth, lips, or tongue are used to sexually arouse a partner. Like the condom, the dental dam helps prevent fluids from being exchanged between partners and helps prevent skin-to-skin contact which is important for sexually transmitted infection (STI) protection.

When using a dental dam, always keep the same side down on the vulva or anus and do not re-use.

If you do not have a dental dam, you can use non-microwavable plastic wrap, or cut open a condom lengthwise.

When using lubricant with a dental dam, make sure the lubricant is water-based and NOT oil-based.

Have questions? Contact a Health Educator at 858-534-1824.