Use plenty of water-based or silicon-based lube. Either is safe on latex condoms. Using lube helps keep the condom from breaking. Lube also prevents tearing or bleeding, especially during anal sex.
Sexual health begins with being comfortable talking about sex
Talk about sex with your partners: Discuss when you last got tested for HIV and other STIs. To be sure, get tested together. Talk about PrEP as an option for HIV prevention, especially if you don’t use condoms every time you have sex.
Your risk of being exposed to HIV depends on the kind of sex you have. There is no risk from massage or masturbation, and very low risk from oral sex. Vaginal sex has a higher risk of exposure. The risk is highest for anal sex, especially for the “bottom” or receptive partner.
Your risk of HIV also depends on how much virus is in your sex partner’s body fluids. Your risk is much lower if your partner is taking HIV medicines every day and their HIV is “undetectable.” Your risk is much higher if your partner was recently infected with HIV, or if you or your partner have an STI.